Saturday, August 29, 2009

Who’s Who

Back in the LP era, Tom Phillips' art appeared on album covers. The most prominent example is Brian Eno's 1975 Another Green World. The cover image is a small detail of Phillips' painting After Raphael. The album's lyrics were created by a cut-up technique in which Eno listened to nonsense syllables and formed them into words.

Phillips also did one of the portraits on the cover of The Who's Face Dances (1981). Peter Blake, best known for creating the Beatles' Sergeant Pepper cover, commissioned a cross-section of British popsters to contribute: David Hockney, Richard Hamilton, R.B. Kitaj, Howard Hodgkin, Allen Jones, Patrick Caulfield -- as well as Phillips and Blake himself. Can you tell which portrait is by Phillips? (There's a telltale clue, barely visible if you click for the larger view.)

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