The artwork in 50 Shades of Black was inspired by the 12-inch record cover format. Since 2006, Fairey, a DJ and music enthusiast, has continuously created artwork with the record cover template in mind. 50 Shades of Black features 50 Hand Painted Multiples (HPMs) and a box set with screen print editions of each of the 50 new album cover designs. A record store installation with customized vintage turntables and a portion of Fairey’s own record collection is on view. Participate in the exhibition by selecting records from Fairey’s collection and playing them on the record players while visiting the gallery.
The artwork in 50 Shades of Black shows how music has always been an inspiration for Fairey as “a democratic medium that can bring joy while also delivering provocative and compelling social commentary.” His album cover art conveys the infectiousness that music has in a visually compelling way. Fairey’s art also hits certain social and political chords through his careful consideration of which music personalities and movements he chooses to be in his unique designs.
Through May 17; Gallery hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12-6 pm; 1331 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026; 213.213.0078