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Pure Beauty Vinyl (2018)

Vinyl LP and packaging
Images courtesy of the artist


Following the January release of Pure Beauty (2018) digitally, on February 23rd the physical vinyl records were made available to purchase as both a standard and deluxe edition set. The standard copy included 180 gram black vinyl (with Nike and adidas logos scratched into side A and B), a lyrics and production credit booklet, a 1971 letter that John Baldessari sent to a museum director regarding the making of I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art, and an 11 x 9 inch poster of the lyrics to the track "Climate Change" written in Swiss German. The record sleeve is a rendition of Shirt's I Will Not Make Any More Boring Rap (2016) and the back cover features a modified Baldessari work Everything is Purged From This Painting But Art, 1966. The cover image depicts an unmodified Pure Beauty, 1968, released 50 years later to the date from when John debuted the canvas work. A deluxe version of the record shipped with a t-shirt depicting a bengal tiger designed by Shirt to reference his own work Bengal Tiger (2014) and the Baldessari work Frames and Ribbons,1988. Included on the deluxe edition was a silver USB that hung off the cover attached by a neon zip tie. The thumbdrive contained audio files of the album, a PDF of production credits and lyrics, and a new work titled 1,000 Photos (2018) explained to be a collection of images taken by Shirt between September 2015 and October 2017 when he moved to Europe and began making the album.


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