New York-based artist Rutherford Chang will display his collection of more than 1,000 first pressings of The Beatles’ White Album as part of a new exhibition at Liverpool’s FACT.
Presented in conjunction with Liverpool International Music Festival, We Buy White Albums will occupy the centre’s loading bay space between 15th August and 14th September.
Each copy of The Beatles 1968 LP is considered unique due to its stark white cover, which has in most cases has accumulated coffee stains, doodles, mould and wear and tear over the years.
The exhibition will be laid out in the style of a record store, with visitors invited to browse Change’s collection and listen to the copy of their choice.
“Vinyl album Chang created by layering 100 different copies from his collection, exploring the sonic and visual differences between the aged discs and covers,” said Chang, who has been building his collection for eight years.
“The character of each copy is distinctly shaped by their individual histories, so this collection of intentical yet unique mutiples together forms a story of the past half-Century.
“I hope to expand my collection while in Liverpool, so please bring me numbered copies in any condition!”
Chang will be present at FACT, so visitors can head down to the centre with any White Album copies they wish to sell.
The exhibition, which is making its UK debut, will coincide with Beatleweek (20th and 26th August), during which special events will take place in and around the centre.
The full programme of events will be listed on fact.co.uk/whitealbum when confirmed.