Miles Davis - Bitches Brew (1971) 🎷🔥 •With perspective handed to us by time, Mati Klarwein’s surrealistic rendering on the cover of Bitches Brew seems now to be an ideal, and perhaps, genius parallel to the revolutionary music contained within its sleeves. What would a faithful imagining of Miles’ music look like in artistic form? How could an artist encapsulate the madness, genius and sheer creative ingenuity of a revolutionary album such as Bitches Brew in a single image? Klarwein’s deep and swirling imagery, as challenging and complex as the album itself, did just that.
The cover of Bitches Brew is set within a world of light and dark. A black and white woman intertwine their heads and fingers while an image of menacing clouds lies opposite a fierce tribal woman and a peaceful dark figure. Klarwein’s contradictive themes depicted in the piece- anger and love, intimacy and loneliness, strength and weakness- work as a grand attempt to capture the vastness of humanity and the possibility for opposing characteristics in all of us. The opposing symbols don’t work alone though, they work in tandem. The piece speaks to an overarching metaphor in each of its symbols – a bringing together of opposites – a fusing of different things to make something new.