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Storm Thorgerson's riverside rendezvous returns Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 24 March 2009

storm oxo - portraitFollowing on from the success last August of his exhibition "Mind Over Matter: Images of Pink Floyd", Storm Thorgerson returns to London's Thames-side gallery@Oxo in May 2009 to stage his equally enthralling "Taken By Storm" exhibition.

Celebrating some 40 years of creating iconic artwork for not just Pink Floyd, but other artists such as Led Zeppelin, Muse, The Mars Volta, and Peter Gabriel, "Taken By Storm" is a great chance to see some of the most memorable and disturbing yet intriguing album covers, presented in their best state, enlarged and pristine - big and bold like the music they seek to represent.

Running for two and a half weeks, it is a wonderful opportunity to see some truly rare pieces - some familiar, others not so - in a good setting. As you'll see below from some of the shots of last August's exhibition, you owe it to yourself (and to Storm!) to pay the exhibition a visit if you are in London in the second half of May...

The gallery itself is in a vibrant part of London which has clearly been undergoing a fair amount of much-needed redevelopment, and is sited literally next to the River Thames. With its plain white walls, the gallery is an eminently suitable venue to display Storm's work. The following pictures were taken during the launch evening for last August's Mind Over Matter, and give a flavour of how Taken By Storm will look in May:

storm oxo - viewing 1 storm_oxo_-_view_2 storm oxo - viewing 3

Taken By Storm is an exhibition of beautifully made fine art prints derived from original artworks, individually produced and supervised. These prints are either silkscreen or giclee. They are all printed with archival inks on archival paper and are severely limited in number. Each print is signed and numbered by the artist and can be purchased at the exhibition.

Storm describes this upcoming show, modestly, as "the best show in London since my last show in London". It features 40 new prints including work for Pink Floyd, Muse, The Mars Volta, The Cranberries, Biffy Clyro, Sphongle, Phish, Disco Biscuit and Peter Gabriel. The exhibition will also show the rare 20/20 series (20 images of 20 prints only) in its entirety for the first time.

stostorm at oxo - launching the exhibitionThe previous exhibition coincided with the release of the fourth edition of his book "Mind Over Matter: Images of Pink Floyd", which includes 50 new, additional pages of previously unreleased material, and if you don't already have it, is a must buy. You can order the book - an essential item for all Floyd fans - at time of writing with a healthy discount, through the following links which help Brain Damage with our running costs: Amazon UK, Amazon US/International, Amazon Canada, Amazon Germany, or Amazon France.

This show, however, is commemorated in print form by the similarly excellent "Taken By Storm" which is available in two formats: an internationally published book, and a very limited edition box set from specialist book company, Genesis. Every "Taken By Storm" box includes an incredible set of rare and unique collector's items, fine art prints, sketches and objets d'arts accompanying a lavish 200-page book, signed and bound by hand in full leather especially for this limited edition. Only 500 copies will be made available worldwide, all signed by Storm. For more details, visit www.genesis-publications.com.

If your pockets don't stretch as far as the Genesis box set, the regular edition of the book can be ordered through the following links: Amazon UK, Amazon US/International, Amazon Canada, Amazon Germany, or Amazon France. If you live outside these countries, don't worry - Amazon stores will ship the book worldwide.

The exhibition opens on Wednesday, May 13th and runs through until May 31st at the Gallery@Oxo, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank London SE1 9PH. The gallery is open daily from 11am to 6pm and admission to the exhibition is free. For further information on the gallery, please visit www.coinstreet.org.

Finally, to tie in with the announcement of the exhibition, Storm has been talking to the BBC, and hopefully many of you will be able to view the footage you get to by clicking on the following image:

Storm Thorgerson on BBC 2009
In it, Storm talks about the ideas he had that others rejected, of how Richard Wright asked for something different for DSOTM: "Not one of your tacky pictures", and the reasoning behind Wish You Were Here's images.

 

 
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