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Poster - Jefferson Airplane & Grateful Dead
  • Jefferson Airplane & Grateful Dead
    Wilson, Wes, born 1937
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Jefferson Airplane & Grateful Dead

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    San Francisco (made)

  • Date:

    1966 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wilson, Wes, born 1937 (artist)
    Graham, Bill, born 1931 - died 1991 (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of the American Friends of the V&A; Gift to the American Friends by Leslie, Judith and Gabri Schreyer and Alice Schreyer Batko

  • Museum number:

    E.514-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 514, case TOPIC, shelf 11

Wes Wilson is probably best known for his work designing posters for Bill Graham's Fillmore Auditorium from its opening in 1966. Wilson described his approach to design as "visual poetry set into poster formats." Working in bold, fluorescent colours, his posters complemented the psychedelic light shows which took place during performances at the Fillmore. BG#26 was typical of Wilson’s style, featuring a female nude, in this case a depiction of his wife, Eva, and the lettering, drawn free-hand, is stretched, curved and manipulated to fill the remaining space.

Physical description

Nude woman seen from behind, twists torso to look at the viewer, head in profile. She is circled by text of bands which are going to be preforming. Her hair makes up the border of this circle.

Place of Origin

San Francisco (made)

Date

1966 (printed)

Artist/maker

Wilson, Wes, born 1937 (artist)
Graham, Bill, born 1931 - died 1991 (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

BILL GRAHAM PRESENTS, IN SAN FRANCISCO / JERFFERSON AIRPLANE, P.H.PHACTOR, JUG BAND AND ANDREW STAPELS FRI-SAT 2, 3 SEPT/GREATFUL DEAD, QUICKSILVER MESSENGER SERVICE, COUNTRY JOE AND THE FISH, SUNDAY SEPT. 4 / ON MONDAY SEPT. 5, MARTHA AND THE VANDELLAS WITH JOHNNY TALBOT AND DE THANGS, FILLMORE AUDITORIUM.

Tickets: San Francisco: City Lights Bookstore; The Psychedelic Shop; Bally Lo (Union Square) The Town Squire (1318 Polk); Mnasidika (1510 Haight). Berkeley: Campus Records; Discount Records; Shakespeare & Co. Mill Valley: The Mod Hatter, Sausalito: The Tides Bookstore, Rexall Pharmacy

All admissions Monday night will be $3.00 – Tickets at the door only

Dimensions

Height: 83.3 cm, Width: 34.4 cm

Descriptive line

"Jefferson Airplane" psychedelic poster #26 by Wes Wilson. USA, 1966. Nude woman, pink lettering.

Subjects depicted

Psychedelic; Music

Categories

Posters; Entertainment & Leisure

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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