Thursday, February 22, 2007

Modern spin on the Folkways

An excellent retrospective of the late graphic designer Ronald Clyne opens tomorrow at The Narrows in Melbourne.

The exhibition will feature more than fifty of his most famous album cover designs for Folkways Records.

Clyne’s best known Folkways cover is also their best known recording, Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music.

Whilst the music may have been a little out of step with the times, Clyne’s designs were striking modernist masterpieces.

For want of a better cliché, this show is not to be missed.

The Narrows, 2/141 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. Runs 23 February to 17 March.