The legendary original artwork for Pink Floyd’s Dark Side the Moon, considered to be the single most valuable artwork in rock history, will be exhibited and available for acquisition at the San Francisco Art Exchange (SFAE) gallery September 15th to October 20th.
Valued at a multi-million-dollar figure, the original artwork from Dark Side the Moon – released 45 years ago – was designed by the creative team Aubrey Powell and Storm Thorgerson, creators some rock’s most memorable album covers including Led Zeppelin’s Houses the Holy. When Dark Side the Moon was released, there was no mention the band’s name or album title on the cover, adding to the mystery and intrigue behind what was being called one the most incredible albums ever made. It went on to sell 50 million copies, remaining on the Billboard charts for 741 weeks while the cover art became a visual icon, symbolizing the band itself and helping turn Pink Floyd into one the biggest bands in the world.
Dark Side the Moon will be accompanied in the exhibition by nearly 100 epic original works utilized for the covers iconic albums such as Wish You Were Here, Abbey Road, Rubber Soul, Meet The Beatles, The Wall, Beggars Banquet, Candy-O (Alberto Vargas), Ummagumma, Hair, The Best the Doors, Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde, Johnny Cash’s At Folsom Prison, and Yes album originals including Relayer and Yesshows, along with scores other the most memorable and revered popular images the 20th century.
Bands represented by the art in this collection include Pink Floyd, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead, Yes, The Doors, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath, Blind Faith, Cream, Led Zeppelin, Allman Brothers, Lou Reed, Queen, Crosby Stills and Nash, Jethro Tull and many more.
The unlikelihood mounting an exhibition this kind and scope again may make this a once in a lifetime collection to view in person. These original works come from many private, corporate, and artists’ collections from around the world, all gathered together in one place by SFAE co-founders Theron Kabrich and Jim Hartley, whose 20-years experience with pop culture artists and photographers has allowed for this exhibit’s existence.
“We have assembled a collection many the rarest and most important original paintings, drawings, and photographs that appeared on the covers some the most famous albums all time,” states Hartley. “This is a museum-quality collection which will only be open to the public for six weeks. Collectors are already making plans to fly to San Francisco to experience this historic exhibition. At the close the exhibition the artwork and photos will return to the collections from which they came or be delivered to those who purchase them from the show. Some these works have never been seen in public before, except at SFAE over the years, and none have ever been exhibited together anywhere.”
“This exhibition is like a snow flake: Beautiful, amazing, fascinating to see until it melts. It was only possible because we started this market and sold many these works directly from the collections the artists and photographers that they are fered to us now to exhibit,” adds Kabrich. “Others come directly from the artists and photographers themselves. It all comes together based on years trust. Who else could do this? No one, at least not right now. Not even a museum. By virtue the fact that we all but invented this market and were ‘there’ before anyone else, we are the only ones who could pull all these amazing art pieces together and in a relatively short period time. With one degree separation a straight line is pretty short.”