The art of Michael Stipe
A NEW COFFEE TABLE BOOK COVERS ALMOST FOUR DECADES OF THE ACCLAIMED MUSICIAN’S OFFSTAGE WORK.
Best known as the frontman of hugely successful US band REM, Michael Stipe also happens to be an accomplished artist and photographer whose work has been exhibited everywhere from New York to Stockholm. It seems, though, that all this creative output left him a bit timepoor when it came to designing the cover for this collection of his photographic works. (See above - the poor guy must’ve been up all night.) Not to worry – you know what they say about judging books by their covers. Beyond its bland facade, this one actually contains a fantastic selection of Stipe’s pictorial efforts in both colour and black and white. Published by Italian company Damiani, it’s the first in a series of volumes that covers some 37 years of the artist’s practice. VOLUME 1 BY MICHAEL STIPE, $63; DAMIANIEDITORE.COM