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The Talking Heads - Speaking in Tongues by Robert Rauschenberg

For The Talking Heads’ fifth studio album, frontman David Byrne approached painter and graphic artist Robert Rauschenberg to design the cover of Speaking in Tongues. Instead of wanting to do just a flat illustration for the album’s cardboard record sleeve, Rauschenberg was eager to make conceptual collage packaging that had three separate layers in cyan, magenta and yellow that when combined would create one full-color image. Since the design was such an ambitious project, the Speaking in Tongues art by Rauschenberg was produced as a limited edition version of the album with only 50,000 copies of it released. The artist won a Grammy in 1983 for his artwork on the album, which ended up being the first and only Grammy for The Talking Heads while they were actively a band.

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