Christie’s to partner with Thom Yorke of Radiohead to present work by Stanley Donwood, created for the Kid A (2000) album
Stanley donwood: “Very late one night, Thom and I were alone in the vast expanses of Oxfordshire, surrounded by darkness and trying to finish the artwork. It was impossible – we had taken too many, too many photos, and it was like being in a storm of ideas and drawings, paintings and texts. We were exhausted and couldn’t think clearly. We’ve had a lot of versions of the cover, all with different images and different titles in different typefaces. We couldn’t figure out which one was the correct one, so we took them all down and used duct tape to stick them to the kitchen cupboards and fridge, hoping by the morning the right cover and title would be obvious. And it was, and it was called Child A.“
Victoria gram, Specialist, Post-war and contemporary art, Christie’s: “that of London Frieze Week highlights the revolutionary spirit of those at the forefront of contemporary culture. So now is the perfect time for Christie’s to partner with Thom yorke and Stanley donwood to showcase their collaboration and the inspiring visual, digital and musical material that was produced during this time. Visitors to our galleries will have the opportunity to glimpse the ethereal world that encapsulates the sounds of Child A. “
James elwes, Founder TIN MAN ART, representative Stanley donwood: “Child A is one of a very small number of founding musical masterpieces that go far beyond revolutionary music. As Sgt. Pepper with Pierre Blake and Sticky fingers with Andy warhol, it is a disc embedded in art. It presents a rare audio-visual experience, a dark and menacing world of mountains and blood; the CD case had to be smashed to reveal hidden works of art. It is extremely exciting that now, for the first time, the collaborative story of this multidisciplinary masterpiece is being told. Stanley has always viewed the record store as an art gallery for the masses and he and Thom undertook an Odyssian feat by developing Child A, using drawing, collage and revolutionary new media to heal their source material. At the center of this process is Stanley’s extraordinary series of paintings – pieces that speak of enlightenment and discord in an uncertain new millennium under a collapsing government. If the tone of the paintings recalls the sensibilities of YBA, their know-how ensures a certain timelessness. These are works whose meaning continues to spread quietly – pieces of history with an evocative soundtrack. “
First opening: Post-war and contemporary art brings together iconic works by contemporary artists, presented within the framework of artists working in the 20e century whose influence was considerable. Estimates start at £ 600, giving collectors of all skill levels the opportunity to acquire works.
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On Stanley donwood
Stanley donwood (b.1968) is an artist best known for his work for the band Radiohead, for which he created almost all of the album covers and promotional material. Born in Essex, England, he studied Fine Arts at the University of Exeter where he first met the leader of Radiohead Thom yorke. The band’s long-standing collaboration with artist began when Yorke asked Donwood to contribute art for the Radiohead original. My iron lung EP (1994).
Donwood’s paintings, drawings and prints address socio-political issues, often employing satire that draws comparisons to Hogarth, Insa and Banksy. He has been the Official Artist of the Glastonbury Music Festival since 2002 and has won two Grammys for his illustrations for the Radiohead albums. Amnesiac and In the rainbows. Donwood’s art has been the subject of a book, There will be no calm (2019), published by Thames & Hudson. He has written and illustrated several short stories, including Humor (Faber, 2014). He has exhibited in galleries in the UK, United States, Australia, Italy, Spain, Japan and the Netherlands, as well as at the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht. He lives and works at Brighton, England.
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