Wednesday, June 14, 2006

some of them are art collectors...

so Bob's original artwork for 'Mag Earwhig' is being sold on ebay
, well, all 5 1/8” x 5 1/8” of it (most of his artwork is rumoured to be very small, he's a master of miniatures after all...a lot of his songs play like miniature rock operas) . It's safe to say 'Astral City Slickers' is one of his most famous and distinctive collages. While people's opinions about the album and its status within the GBV canon are somewhat divided (it is still quite a mysterious record, and in some ways a transitional record too) it's always been said that the cover art for ME is especially good (recently the album's received a bit of a critical renaissance as well, and quite a few tracks from it have been added to the live set). Most of Guided by Voices and Fading Captain releases feature Bobs artwork, and while some are more successful than others, they are striking additions to the music, and there has been talk about putting together an exhibition for some time. I'm a little sad that this is being auctioned without being shown beforehand, but hopefully an exhibition will happen at some point and if it does, the new owner can be persuaded to loan it for all fans to see...well, I'd love to see this and a full exhibition exploring Bob's visual art (even though it's not likely to come anywhere near me) , it would just be such an awesome thing to happen and would probably help market the artwork too. Anyway I won't be bidding here, it starts at $ 5.000. While that figure might shock some, it wouldn't surprise me too much if it reaches at least that target...happy bidding (or not)!

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