Artist Rutherford Chang: “We Buy White Albums”

Every Beatles fan most likely owns a copy of their 1968 iconic record, “The White Album.” Artist, Rutherford Chang, currently has 693-and counting. Chang currently resides in New York, where his current exhibition “We Buy White Albums,” is located at a gallery in SoHo called Recess.

This display mimics a record shop that only contains The Beatles’ “White Album” arranged by serial numbers in bins. Each copy in this collection is beautifully rare, as each previous owner may have drew on the cover, or listened to this record so frequently that it accumulated scratches.

Guests are welcome to peruse through the records and listen to them, but rather than selling the albums, Chang is more than happy to purchase a copy from anyone willing to let theirs go. “I got into collecting multiple White Albums because every copy tells a story. Each one has aged uniquely over the course of the last half-decade.”

At the end of this exhibit, Chang plans to press a new double-LP of all of the acquired recordings and layer them onto one another. “The experience will be like playing a few hundred copies of the White Album at once, each scratched and warped in its own way.” Read more at dustandgrooves.com.


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