Manhattan Boogie Woogie

Medium: Silkscreen
Limited Edition of 250, signed and numbered by the artist
Dimensions: 68 x 70 cm


Album cover artworkcreated for the band Landscape in 1982. The letters and numbers U2XME1X2MUCH in the centre of the work stand for ‘You two-timed me one time too much’: the name of the EP Landscape later released.

Blake’s imagery for the album cover is inspired by 1930’s and 40’s boogie woogie music and the accompanying visual culture of the time. In the top left corner Blake includes an image of Piet Mondrian’s painting, ‘Broadway Boogie Woogie’ from 1942-3 (the last painting the great modernist ever made). As well as Mondiran, Manhattan Boogie Woogie references the work of Matisse, both in the colourful use of collage-like paper cut squares, and the inclusion of a black and white study by the artist. Alongside these artistic giants, Blake includes popular culture stars Jimmy Stewart and Louis Armstrong, as well as images of the band members of Landscape themselves.

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