From Sept. 15 to Oct. 20, San Francisco Art Exchange in San Francisco is hosting a special exhibit selling the original artwork of famous album covers, including the original painting that serves as the cover of Pink Floyd's classic 1973 Dark Side of the Moon album. The Dark Side of the Moon painting will be available for purchase and, If sold, the artwork is expected to fetch a price in the multi-millions. The famous Dark Side of the Moon prism painting was designed by the creative team of Aubrey Powell and Storm Thorgerson, who also designed Led Zeppelin's 1973 Houses of the Holy album.
The cover of Dark Side of the Moon was part of a trend that began in the 1970s of album covers not listing the artist's name and the album title. Led Zeppelin famously did so for the band's untitled fourth album in 1971 and for Houses of the Holy.
The exhibit will have nearly 100 original works or outtakes from photo sessions used for album covers, including Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here, Ummagumma and The Wall; The Beatles' Abbey Road, Rubber Soul and Meet the Beatles; The Rolling Stones'Beggars Banquet, December's Children (And Everybody's), Big Hits: High Tide and Green Grass and Through the Past, Darkly; Jimi Hendrix's Greatest Hits; Led Zeppelin's In Through the Out Door; David Bowie's Alladin Sane; The Cars'Candy-O ; The Doors'The Best of the Doors; Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde and The Times They Are A-Changin'; Johnny Cash's At Folsom Prison; Elton John's A Single Man; Janis Joplin's Janis soundtrack; Blind Faith's self-titled debut album; The Who's Who Are You; and Yes' Relayer and Yesshows.
These original works come from many private, corporate, and artists' collections from around the world, all gathered together in one place by San Francisco Art Exchange co-founders Theron Kabrich and Jim Hartley, who said that some of the artwork has never been seen in public before.
In a statement, Kabrich commented on the exhibit: "It was only possible because we started this market and sold many of these works directly from the collections of the artists and photographers that they are offered to us now to exhibit. Others come directly from the artists and photographers themselves. It all comes together based on years of trust."