Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Steinweiss: the Inventor of the Record Album Cover

Before Alex Steinweiss convinced Columbia to allow him to design album cover art for Smash Song Hits by Rodgers & Hart in 1939, album covers featured just text on the cover. When the sales of that album skyrocketed, Columbia paid him to continue designing covers, and he went on to design roughly 2,500 of them over the next 35 years.

I will be presenting nearly 60 of Steinweiss' record covers (most of them from the '40s and '50s) in a gallery display entitled Steinweiss: the Inventor of the Record Album Cover, hosted by Wild Goose Creative in Columbus, Ohio.

The grand opening of the display is Saturday, May 9th, at 7:00 pm. Program notes will be provided. If you're in the area, please stop by and enjoy the designs and innovative techniques of this important 20th century graphic artist.

Wild Goose Creative is at 2491 Summit Street, in Clintonville. Parking is available on Summit and behind the building.

WGC is a non-profit, community driven arts company. Learn more at:

And learn more about Alex Steinweiss at:
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