As long as you’ve at least half a sleepy eye slightly focused on popular culture, you’ve seen his art work, even if you never go to galleries. Up until two years ago, he’d never even shown in one, at least not the ones where you stand around sipping wine and eating imported cheeses.

Stanley Donwood could be considered one of the most successful artists of the 21st century, and yet you might not even know his name. But in “the most democratic gallery” — the record store — he is king, having done the art work for every album by the world-famous U.K. band Radiohead since their second release, 1995’s “The Bends.”

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