The Silver Jews‘ classic third album, American Water, turned 25 on October 20, and to celebrate, artist Chris Kysor — whose painting gave the album its title and was used as the cover art — and Cluster Wall Gallery are producing limited edition screen print. It’s 18″ x 24″, and there are 250 made. Additionally, there are multiple original paintings available in a variety of sizes from 20″ x 20″ up to 24″ x 48″. Prints are signed, numbered and come with a certificate of authenticity as well as an American Water sticker, and are available now.
Here’s a little more from on the artwork and album from Cluster Wall Gallery:
In 1998, David Berman of the Silver Jews walked into Chris Kysor’s art studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and laid his eyes on the painting “American Water” for the first time. Chris and David were childhood friends who had grown up together in Dallas. After viewing it for some time, David asked if he could use it for the cover artwork for his new album he was recording nearby at Rare Book Room.
That album, ultimately titled “American Water”, is widely considered a timeless classic which showcases David Berman’s towering poetic strength juxtaposed with musical magic lead by longtime friend and Pavement member, Stephen Malkmus.
Happy 25th, American Water! Check out photos of Chris Kysor’s print and listen to the album below.