The art of Michael Stipe

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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

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