Peter Saville, Martyn Atkins, Bernard Pierre Wolff. Album cover for Joy Division, Closer. 1980

Peter Saville, Martyn Atkins, Bernard Pierre Wolff Album cover for Joy Division, Closer 1980

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When the group Joy Division was working with Saville on this design and asked him what he had in his studio, "out came Pierre Wolff, and images of tombs," as he would later recall, "because I think they look trendy." With hindsight this choice seems to have been aligned with lead singer Ian Curtis's suicidal depression. Saville was interested in creating a frisson from wrapping a neoclassical style of typography and subject matter "around a twentieth-century piece of vinyl, on which is the sound and language of 1980. The graphics are purely historical, but the totality is a modern mix."

Gallery label from Making Music Modern: Design for Ear and Eye, November 15, 2014–January 17, 2016.
12 3/8 x 12 3/8" (31.4 x 31.4 cm)
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Architecture and Design

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