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David Stone Martin Jazz Art Exhibit Opens

Jazz at Lincoln Center exhibits work of pioneer in jazz album cover art

Lionel Hampton album cover with art by David Stone Martin. Courtesy of Universal Music Group, Anthony Martin and the Estate of David Stone Martin

Earlier this month, Jazz at Lincoln Center kicked off Jazz at First Sight: The Art of David Stone Martin, an exhibit of the work of an artist who illustrated the covers of many jazz albums of the 40s and 50s. Strongly influenced by painter Ben Shahn, Martin’s simple but evocative line drawings became emblematic of the jazz record cover, thanks to his work with the Verve, Mercury and Dial labels. Over the course of his career, he illustrated over 400 record albums. Martin died in 1992, but his work continues to fascinate young artists and illustrators, many of whom pay homage to his iconic combination of basic lines and one color.

This exhibit is curated by Robert G. O’Meally, C. Daniel Dawson, Diedra Harris-Kelley and Linda Florio (designer), with Tad Hershorn of the Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University, serving as special curatorial advisor.

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