Big and Small – from billboards to downloads at the Idea Generation Gallery in Shoreditch will allow members of the public to make and take their own versions of some covers.
Thorgerson, says the gallery, “will be demonstrating his technique, as used on covers such as Dark Side of the Moon, and allowing the public to make their own versions”.
It adds: “Live events will also take place throughout the exhibition making this a truly immersive experience.” (Galleries often indicate a desire to get into Private Eye’s Pseuds Corner.)
The exhibition will also offer manageable-sized prints of recent work, including cover designs for Pendulum, the Wombats and Younger Brothers. Apparently, Thorgerson is “one of the most extraordinary designers of his generation”, so perhaps a print would be a good buy. But, then, how often has that extravagant phraseology, or variants of it, been scattered about?
There is a smidgen of doubt about Thorgerson’s birthplace. CCA, a Christie’s subsidiary, says he was born in Dartford, Kent; he says it was Potters Bar, but everyone agrees the year was 1944. (If a Dartfordian, he probably knew Mick Jagger, who was born the previous year.)
This is the second time that Idea Generation has exhibited Thorgerson. Organising it must have been… well, exciting: the gallery says in its publicity that the artist has a “difficult disposition”.
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* Idea Generation Gallery, 11 Chance Street, Lon E2 7JB (020 7749 6850) 21 Oct 2011- 13 Nov 2011, Mon-Fri 10am -6pm, Sat and Sun noon-5pm
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