Record Sleeve Art at the White Columns Benefit Auction 2011

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As part of this year’s White Columns Benefit Auction, the alternative art space founded in 1970 by Gordon Matta-Clark and Jeffrey Lew, invited 25 artists to create artwork from a found record sleeve. While some artists, like Harmony Korine and Joe Bradley, stayed within the dimensions of the album cover, taking to it with collage, mixed media, or simply a pen, others, like Cecily Brown, used the cover as a start off point to create a much larger work. Click through the gallery to see some of the album art available at auction, and the original albums that inspired them.

Cecily Brown

Cecily Brown – Lot (Live) 21. Have You Ever Been?, 2011. Collage, found record sleeve, archival ink jet prints, with hand and laser cutting. Unique. 47 x 63 in. Courtesy of the artist, Two Palms Press, and Gagosian Gallery, New York. Retail value: $45,000+. Opening bid: $15,000. From Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland (1968).

Harmony Korine

Harmony Korine – Lot 13. grabbit, 2011. Oil on record cover. 12 x 12 in. Courtesy of the artist. Retail value: $4,000+. Opening bid: $2,000. From Steve Martin’s A Wild and Crazy Guy (1989).

Wardell Milan

Wardell Milan – Lot 11. Muse, 2011. Acrylic and gouache on record cover. 12 x 12 in. Courtesy of the artist and Taxter & Spengemann, New York. Retail value: $2500+. Opening bid: $1,750.

Brad Phillips

Brad Phillips – Lot 16. Mary Hopkins as 2001 style, 2011. Oil on album cover. 12 x 12 in. Courtesy of the artist and Wallspace Gallery, New York. Retail value: $2,000+. Opening bid: $1,000. From Mary Hopkin’s 1969 album Post Card.

Peter Doig

Peter Doig – Lot (Live) 17. Wish It Would Rain, 2011. Oil and mixed media on found record sleeve. 12 x 12 in. Courtesy of the artist, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York and Michael Werner Gallery, New York. Retail value: $20,000-$25,000+. Opening bid: $12,500. From Pat Kelley’s 1980 LP Wish it Would Rain.

Ruth Root

Ruth Root – Lot 26. Untitled, 2011. Fabric, ink on paper, record cover. 28 x 34 in. overall. Courtesy of the artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York. Retail value: $3,000+. Opening bid: $1,500.

David Malek

David Malek – Lot 15. Painted Orphan Album, 2011. High gloss enamel paint on record cover. 12 x 12 in. Courtesy of the artist. Retail value: $1,000+. Opening bid: $500. From Orphan’s 2008 album Aborted by Birth.

Adam McEwen

Adam McEwen – Lot 1.5. Lavender Columns, 2011. Acrylic and varnish on record sleeve. 12 x 12 in. Courtesy of the artist. Retail value: $2,500+. Opening bid: $1,250. From the artist’s own LP Obituaries.

Richard Hawkins

Richard Hawkins – Lot (Live) 28. Untitled, 2011. Collage on found record sleeve. 12 x 12 in. Courtesy of the artist and Greene Naftali Gallery, New York. Retail value: $7,000+. Opening bid: $1,500. From Andre Verchuren’s Les Increvables, Vol. 3.

Joe Bradley

Joe Bradley – Lot 33. Untitled, 2011. Mixed media on found record sleeve. 24 3/4 x 12 in. Courtesy of the artist, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York and CANADA, New York. Retail value: $3,500+. Opening bid: $1,750. From Big Star’s album Radio City.

Dexter Dalwood

Dexter Dalwood – Lot 30. Soul Shadows (Bill and Joan), 2011. Collage on found record sleeve. 12 x 12 in. Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian Gallery. Retail value: $8,000+. Opening bid: $4,000. From the album Bill Withers’ Greatest Hits.