DESIGNER AND GRAPHIC ARTIST, USA
FOLKWAYS RECORDS COVER DESIGN
17 JANUARY – 11 FEBRUARY 2011
Tokyo Japan 107-0062
Ronald Clyne (1925-2006) was a freelance graphic artist who worked with various New York publishing houses producing book jacket designs. Between 1951 and 1981, alongside this ongoing work, he designed over 500 LP covers for Folkways Records, from some 2000 records released during the three-decade lifetime of this successful highly independent company. This exhibition highlights the significance of Clyne's distinctive contribution to American modernist graphic design and cultural history.
Clyne’s use of carefully considered typography, layout and image is outstanding in its simplicity and beauty. His body of record cover designs encompasses a wide diversity from the ethnic to the experimental, reflecting the inclusive spirit of the Folkways label.
Curated by John Nixon, Stephen Bram and Warren Taylor, the travelling exhibition was originally shown at The Narrows, Melbourne Australia in March 2007 and at Artspace, Auckland New Zealand in September 2007.