The Forlorn World of Album Cover Art: Was It Kitsch All Along?

Boogie Woogie, AlexSteinweiss, 1941

In 2008, reknowned art critic Peter Frank noted that, “nothing focuses the mind on a design genre like its obsolescence.”

Album art is indeed dead, part of an entire ethos that has also surrendered its vitality to Father Time. But what are we to make of the corpse? Were album cover designs ever “real art” or just kitsch marketing ploys to lure consumers.