Whether you were present at the 1978 creation or came upon it over the ensuing decades, there’s no question that at one time in your life you’ve been “Shattered.” That’s the reason The Rolling Stones song is such a classic. That and perhaps the fact that it’s a kickass track. But no song seeps into ubiquity by itself; it needs to be suitably presented. For “Shattered” The Stones returned to the keen-eyed Hubert Kretzschmar, the very man who’d helped turn their own Some Girls into such an iconic sleeve. Three decades later Kretzschmar returns to the scene of the imagery, and recasts it for a brand new century.
– John Hood
Hubert Kretzschmar was born in 1954, in Karlsruhe, Germany. He began his career as a graphic artist and illustrator after studying visual communication and painting at Essen‘s Folkswang University, under Willy Fleckhaus and Helmut Sundhausen, and with Josef Beuys in Düsseldorf in 1974. In 1978, he settled in New York (where he still lives) and devoted himself to illustration and pioneering works of photography, video, sculpture and computer graphics. During the 1980s, he participated in, and extensively documented the movement of the graffiti-art scene off the streets and into New York‘s fine-art galleries. He has designed iconic album covers for legends of rock and pop music (Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Iggy Pop, Kraftwerk to name a few), as well as graphics and designs for most major record labels. His commercial client roster includes names like Apple, TimeWarner, Viacom, Sony, Nike and Thurn und Taxis.