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Mati & The Music: 52 Record Covers 1955/2005
A limited edition book of 500 numbered copies.
Including a double album by Miles Davis released for the first time from his legendary "Bitches Brew" European tour.
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Mati Klarwein, Visionary Artist
Son of a Bauhaus architect and an opera singer, Mati Klarwein was born in Germany in 1932, he grew up in Israel, started painting in Paris, in Fernand Léger’s studio where he met Salvador Dali, then later in the Viennese painter Ernst Fuchs’ studio, he obtained French nationality with the help of Madame Mal-raux, played jazz with Boris Vian before moving to New York in the mid 1960s in the middle of the hippy revolution and he never stopped moving his studio across the world from India, Bali and Morocco to Brazil, Greece, Ghana, Cuba and else-where, before ending up in his Balearic village of predilection, Deia, where he passed away in March 2002.
His oeuvre consists of more than 600 paintings, including 270 portraits, 280 landscapes, which he called Inscapes, and over 100 Improved Paintings, canvases bought at flea markets which he then adapted into his own work.
Miles live in Copenhagen, 1969
Accompanying the launch of this book is a double album of a previously unre-leased Miles Davis concert that was part of his 1969 European tour, with a portrait of Betty Davis on the cover. The painting known as Zonked had been commis-sioned by the trumpet player but was never used at the time, due to their separa-tion. (The famous model and singer Betty Davis introduced her husband to the funk of Sly Stone and psychedelic rock of Hendrix. Miles Davis left her in 1969, at the time of his European tour, later saying he thought her, ‘too young and too wild’ for him).
The concert, Copenhagen Live, 1969 was performed by Miles Davis on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on soprano and tenor sax, Chick Corea on electric piano, Dave Holland on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums.
The double vinyl, with a limited edition release of 500 copies, will be sold ex-clusively with the book.
2. Miles Run the Voodoo Down
3. Bitches Bew
2. I fall in Love to Easily
1. It's about That Time/ The Theme
Mati Klarwein’s place in the history of 20th century art is unique, nestling at the crossroads of painting and music. From the end of the 1960s, a period as fruit-ful as it was revolutionary, numerous musicians such as Miles Davis, Carlos Santana and Jimi Hendrix recognised a statement of intent in his work and used it on their record covers as a manifesto. At a time when it was all about vinyl, the cover was more than just a simple illustration, it was a form of visual support, an object of meditation that listeners would gaze at relentlessly while playing their records. Mati Klarwein’s paintings, through their thematic wealth and visionary depth, fitted perfectly with the new values these musicians wanted to express and they subsequently became the artistic counterpoint to legendary albums like Bitches Brew, Abraxas and This is Madness by the Last Poets, the prophets of hip hop and rap.
Musicians continued to identify with Mati Klarwein’s paintings over the fol-lowing decades. Antoine de Beaupré, a passionate collector, has found more than 50 album covers coming from almost every genre, from classical to electro-jazz, all with the artist’s signature. Some used an existing painting; others were com-missioned especially such as the portraits of Buddy Miles, Greg Allman and the group Earth, Wind and Fire.
For the first time ever this book presents the album covers in their entirety, ac-companied by related texts, photos and documents with a preface by the writer Serge Bramly (Prix Interallié 2008), a life-long friend of the artist.