Thom Yorke and Stanley Donwood have announced a new exhibition of artwork, The Crow Flies Part One. The show features new paintings Yorke and Donwood created together. It will run September 6-10 at London art gallery Tin Man Art. 

Like the Smile, The Crow Flies Part One takes its title from Ted Hughes’ 1970 poem “Crow.” Donwood and Yorke made the paintings together between 2021 and 2023; the project began as cover artwork for the Smile’s 2022 debut album A Light For Attracting Attention. Donwood has also created all of Radiohead’s album and promotional artwork since 1994. 

In addition to Hughes’ poem, The Crow Flies Part One draws inspiration from the Bodleian Libraries’ collection of Islamic pirate maps and 1960s US military topographic charts. The paintings also feature an “extensive language of signs and symbols” developed by Donwood and Yorke, per the exhibition’s announcement.


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