Friday, 11:20am
2 July 2010

Smash hits and ink

Last call for the ‘Ray Lowry: London Calling’ exhibition in East London

Last night’s ‘London Calling’ auction raised around £18,000 for the Ray Lowry foundation.

And there are a few days left to see the artworks ‘inspired’ by Lowry’s famous cover design (above) for the Clash’s album London Calling, itself inspired by a famous Elvis sleeve. Details on the ideageneration.co.uk site.

There are a few nice pieces among the art, including work by Ian Wright and Malcolm Garrett, and there’s a big, framed print of the original Pennie Smith photograph used on the cover.

kevin cummins

Below: Ray Lowry (1944-2008). Photograph: Kevin Cummins.

But it’s all the original Lowry work – including his wry, beautifully inked cartoons (below) for the NME and others, and his pictures of the Clash on tour in the US (bottom) – that make this exhibition unmissable.

the blues man

boddingtons

clash on stage

1979 usa tour

Eye magazine is available from all good design bookshops and at the online Eye shop, where you can order subscriptions, single issues and back issues. The summer issue, Eye 76 (currently on press at Beacon) will be a music design special. You can read a selection of pages on Eye Before You Buy on Issuu. Student subscriptions are half price,bit.ly/EyeStudentOffer.

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