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Surfer Rosa

  • Object:

    Record Sleeve

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (published)
    England (printed)

  • Date:

    1988 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Oliver, Vaughan, born 1957 (designer)
    Larbalestier, Simon (photographer)
    Beggars Group Media Limited - Beggars Banquet Records (publisher)
    23 Envelope (design agency)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Offset lithograph on thin card

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Vaughan Oliver

  • Museum number:

    E.259-1989

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case TS, shelf 13

One of a group of 19 record sleeves together with inner sleeves and vinyl, E. 255- E.314-1989, and other graphic material by the design group 23 Envelope, (E.316-335, E.336-349. E.350-352, E.353-356-1989) acquired by the Department of Prints, Drawings and Paintings (now Word & Image) to strengthen the holdings of 20th century commercial graphics and for display in 'The Art of Selling Songs: 1690-1990' a display focusing on graphic design in the music business, held in the museum in 1990. 23 Envelope were one of the most admired graphic design companies working in the 1980s.Simon Larbalastier worked with Vaughan Oliver and 23Envelope, which became v23 in 1987 and did photographic work for the The Pixies covers. The Pixies are an alternative rock music band.

Physical description

Inner-sleeve for the 12" long-playing vinyl record 'Surfer Rosa' recorded by the Pixies. The sleeve is gold and both sides feature different photographic images of a flamenco dancer.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (published)
England (printed)

Date

1988 (made)

Artist/maker

Oliver, Vaughan, born 1957 (designer)
Larbalestier, Simon (photographer)
Beggars Group Media Limited - Beggars Banquet Records (publisher)
23 Envelope (design agency)

Materials and Techniques

Offset lithograph on thin card

Marks and inscriptions

'Pixies'
Lettered in red on front.

'All songs written by Black Francis except "Gigantic" which was written by Mrs. John Murphy and Black Francis / Sleeve Art Direction and Design: Vaughan Oliver at 23 Envelope. / Photography: Simon Larbalestier. Thanks to Isabel Tamen, Diana Grandi and Tito Grandi. / Printed in England'
Lettered in red on back of cover.

Dimensions

Height: 30.5 cm, Width: 30.9 cm

Descriptive line

Inner-sleeve for the 12" long-playing vinyl record 'Surfer Rosa' recorded by the Pixies. Gold sleeve featuring images of a flamenco dancer. Designed by Vaughan Oliver of 23 Envelope, with photography by Simon Larbalestier. Published by 4AD, Great Britain, 1988.

Production Note

Reason For Production: Retail

Materials

Card

Techniques

Offset lithography

Subjects depicted

Flamenco dancer

Categories

Labels & packaging; Music

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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