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Poster - 'Van Morrison' psychedelic concert poster No.88-1
  • 'Van Morrison' psychedelic concert poster No.88-1
    Wilson, Wes, born 1937
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'Van Morrison' psychedelic concert poster No.88-1

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    San Francisco (made)

  • Date:

    1967 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wilson, Wes, born 1937 (designer)
    Family Dog Productions (published by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour offset 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.530-2004

  • Gallery location:

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

Wes Wilson described his graphic design aesthetic as "visual poetry set into poster formats." Wilson worked primarily in bold colours, to complement the psychedelic light shows which took place during performances at the Fillmore Auditorium and its rival the Avalon Ballroom. His eye-catching posters feature inventive lettering - which became increasingly stylised and illegible as his style evolved. Wilson began designing posters for Bill Graham's Fillmore venue from its opening in 1966, but soon designed exclusively for the Fillmore. The collaboration was relatively short-lived, ending acrimoniously in 1967 (with the exception of two additional posters he created in December 1968).

Wilson’s technique exhibited an expressive approach to composition, and added layers of meaning and allusion that could sometimes be overlooked. For example, at first glance, this poster appears to depict schematic, vibrant flames in highly contrasting colours. At second glance, the names of the bands and details relating to the venue can be picked out, although it is difficult to decipher. But it is only through careful scrutiny that the face of a bearded man, with the Sanskrit symbol adorning his forehead, becomes visible.

Physical description

'Burning', psychedelic poster made up of green flame-like shapes on a red background. At the top of the poster, a Sanskrit inscription is visible, and below this the face of a bearded man can be deciphered. A purple 'T'-shape contains the names of the acts that the poster is promoting: 'Van Morrison, plus The Daily Flash and Hair, all at The Avalon', all in amorphous purple letters. Either side of this are the event details.

Place of Origin

San Francisco (made)

Date

1967 (made)

Artist/maker

Wilson, Wes, born 1937 (designer)
Family Dog Productions (published by)

Materials and Techniques

Colour offset lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

'VAN MORRISON / PLUS THE DAILY FLASH / AND HAIR / ALL AT THE / AVALON'
contained in a rough 'T'-shape, the names of the acts that the poster is promoting in amorphous purple letters

'LIGHTS BY/ / THE NORTH / AMERICAN / IBIS / ALCHEMICAL / COMPANY / SUTTER AT / VANNES / IN SAN / FRANCISCO / FRI : SAT : SUN / OCTOBER 20 21 22'
Venue information, either side of central motif, printed in highly-stylised, amorphous green letters, on red.

©FAMILY DOG PRODUCTIONS 639 GOUGH ST., San Francisco, Calif.94102

Dimensions

Height: 50.7 cm, Width: 36 cm

Descriptive line

'Burning' psychedelic concert poster No88-1 by Wes Wilson for Family Dog Productions, USA, 1967

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Christoph Grunberg, ed. Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era London: Tate, 2005. 239 p. : ill. (some col.) ISBN: 1854375954.

Materials

Paper; Ink

Subjects depicted

Music; Psychedelic art; Flames; Faces; Fire; Aum

Categories

Prints; Advertising; Entertainment & Leisure; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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