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22 September 2021

Radiohead’s Thom Yorke To Co-Curate ‘Kid A’ Artwork Exhibition With Artist Stanley Donwood

Thom Yorke Kid A Exhibition Stanley Donwood
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Along with artist Stanley Donwood, Radiohead‘s Thom Yorke is co-curating a new artwork exhibition in London based around the band’s forthcoming reissues of Kid A and Amnesiac.

Stanley Donwood is the artist behind the artwork of the two album covers and he will host the exhibition from October 9-15 dubbed ‘How To Completely Disappear’ at Christie’s headquarters in the capital.

Donwood is selling six large-scale paintings he created for Kid A alongside drawings, lyrics, and digital art made around this era in the band’s history.

The paintings will be offered online with bidding from October 5 to 19 beginning at £10,000. Visit Christie’s official website to see the artwork.

The series of dystopian landscapes were created in the period 1999-2001, and closely related to the final cover and sleeve art for Kid A.

In a statement ahead of the upcoming show, Donwood said: “Very late one night Thom and I were alone in the vast wastes of Oxfordshire, surrounded by darkness and trying to finish the artwork. It was impossible – we had made too much, too many pictures, and it was like being in a storm of ideas and drawings, paintings, and texts.

“We were exhausted and could no longer think clearly. We had lots of versions of the front cover, all with different pictures and different titles in different typefaces. We couldn’t work out which was the right one so we took them all downstairs and used tape to stick them to the cupboards and the fridge in the kitchen, hoping that in the morning the right cover and the right title would be obvious. And it was called Kid A.”

Earlier this month, Radiohead and PlayStation announced a new ‘virtual exhibition’ themed around the band’s forthcoming reissues.

PlayStation described it as “An upside-down digital/analogue universe created from original artwork and recordings to commemorate 21 years of Radiohead’s ‘Kid A’ and ‘Amnesiac’. Coming in November 2021.”

A triple album KID A MNESIA reissue will be released by Radiohead via XL Recordings on November 5.

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