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rummyraisin

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Artwork used for Gemelli and SR labels?
« on: June 24, 2020, 02:58:42 AM »
The cover art used by the Gemelli and SR labels have always captivated me—the Roundtable reissues being some of the first library records I stumbled across. They express the mystique of library so well, less in the factory-product-from-an-alien-civilization way, as so many libraries do, and more in a private-press-traded-between-the-children-of-industrialists sort of way.

Actual works of art were used on several of these covers. I pegged a few myself, and found credits for others on Discogs. Here are the ones I know:

On Gemelli
- Neuro Tensivo shows 'With the Black Arch' by Wassily Kandinsky
- Bioritmi, 'Girl Before a Mirror' by Pablo Picasso
- Ecuba, the Peplos Kore (530 BC)
- Insight Modulation, 'Broadway Boogie Woogie' by Piet Mondrian
- Tutti Colori Del Buio, 'The Red Tree' by Mondrian
- Utopia, a work I couldn't determine by Michel Seuphor

On SR
- Echoing America shows a fresco from St. Jakob in Kastelaz church
- Musica Poliformale, 'Les Disques' by Fernand Leger
- Rebus, 'Fighting Forms' by Franz Marc

Now, I'm curious if anyone could help me with the following. I could be wrong that preexisting art was used for these, but I could swear I've seen a few of them before...

Gemell
- I Futuribili
- Controfase
- Voix
- I Gres
- Sei Composizioni
- A Misura D'Uomo

SR
- Citta Notte
- Open Air Parade
- Prisma Sonoro

These last two I would give a lot to determine an original, so I could then frame them in my living room. Let me know if anything dawns on you...

Mr

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Re: Artwork used for Gemelli and SR labels?
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2020, 06:55:41 AM »
I did a write-up on this once... I'll see if I can find my notes. I seem to recall one of the sleeves was an Alberto Burri work.

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Re: Artwork used for Gemelli and SR labels?
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2020, 06:58:20 AM »
"Liber organum" is a photo of the great organ in the Notre Dame, Paris.

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Re: Artwork used for Gemelli and SR labels?
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2020, 11:10:58 AM »
I think "Prisma Sonoro" is a part of a painting by Umberto Boccioni, but I just can't place it.
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rummyraisin

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Re: Artwork used for Gemelli and SR labels?
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2020, 08:42:00 AM »
Greta, Mr, thanks for the replies—I think you're right about Burri and Boccioni, but I can't place the exact works...might have to get off the internet and crack open some good old fashioned library books  ;D

Nice call on Liber Organum, Mr. And if you find your notes, I'd love to hear what else you'd dug up on this matter!

Anyone else see anything familiar in these covers?

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Re: Artwork used for Gemelli and SR labels?
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2020, 10:27:28 AM »
Burri is for sure the one on Cittŕ Notte on SR records. Probably a part of the "Grande Rosso" or "Rosso Plastica" opera.
G.

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Re: Artwork used for Gemelli and SR labels?
« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2020, 05:39:26 PM »
Found the notes!
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Wassily Kandinsky - "Picture with a Black Arch" (1912)


Piet Mondrian - "Broadway Boogie-Woogie" (1942)


Piet Mondrian - "The Red Tree" (1908)


Angelo Inganni - "Piazza del Duomo" (ca. 1838)

I've been unable to find the original image used, but Liber organum has a photo of the master organ of Notre-Dame.


Spector's sleeve image apparently is a photo of Antarctica made by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, I found this image in a digitized book. Was unable to find the original anywhere on NASA's sites.
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Re: Artwork used for Gemelli and SR labels?
« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2020, 06:25:58 PM »
"Musica poliformale" is a detail from "Les Disques" by Fernand Léger:


"Nel mondo del lavoro" features a 1921 photo of the BASF Hauptdreherei:


"Canossa" features the 14th century amour of Ulrich IV von Matsch, now housed at the Schloss Churburg, Südtirol.
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