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Bill Graham Presents Spirit

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    1970 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Orr, Norman, born 1949 (designer)
    Graham, Bill, born 1931 - died 1991 (issued by)
    Tea Lautrec Litho (printers)

  • 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.449-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf DR16

Physical description

Psychedelic poster advertising a concert for Spirit and the Elvin Bishop Group. The event details fill most of the space, and images of Native Americans, a fortune teller or magician wearing a top hat, monolithic stones, and Egyptian motifs, such as bulls and a pyramid, and the heads of Abyssinian statues, are incorporated into the poster's design. The lettering reads, 'Bill Graham presents in San Francisco Spirit, Elvin Bishop Group, Kwane & the Kwan Ditos, Lights by San Francisco Light Works, © Bill Graham, #265: 1971 N. Orr, Fillmore West, Thurs - Sunday January 7-8-9-10'. The lettering is highly stylised, and is printed in white or red, and the poster is printed in black, white and red.

Place of Origin

United States (made)

Date

1970 (made)

Artist/maker

Orr, Norman, born 1949 (designer)
Graham, Bill, born 1931 - died 1991 (issued by)
Tea Lautrec Litho (printers)

Materials and Techniques

Colour offset lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

'BILL GRAHAM PRESENTS IN SAN FRANCISCO SPIRIT, ELVIN BISHOP GROUP, KWANE & THE KWAN DITOS, LIGHTS BY SAN FRANCISCO LIGHT WORKS, © BILL GRAHAM, #265: 1971 N. ORR, FILLMORE WEST, THURS - SUNDAY JANUARY 7-8-9-10'
Forms the main design of the poster, in red or white stylised lettering

'© COPYRIGHT 1970 BILL GRAHAM NOW ON SALE AT TICKETS ALL MACY'S TICKET OUTLETS / SAN FRANCISCO . FOX PLAZA BOX OFFICE 9TH & MARKET, SUITE 105 . CITY LIGHTS BOOKSTORE, 261 COLUMBUS AVE. . THE TOWN SQUIRE, 1318 POLK ST. . OUTSIDE IN, 2544 MISSION ST. / BERKELEY . DISCOUNT RECORDS . SHAKESPEARE & CO. SAUSALITO . THE TIDES . REDWOOD CITY . REDWOOD HOUSE OF MUSIC . SAN MATEO . TOWN & COUNTRY RECORDS . SAN JOSE . DISCOUNT / RECORDS . MENLO PARK . DISCOUNT RECORDS . SAN RAFAEL . RECORD KING TEA LAUTREC LITHO . SAN FRANCISCO'
Ticket vendors' information, below the main image, white typeface

Dimensions

Height: 53.2 cm, Width: 35.8 cm

Descriptive line

'Bill Graham Presents Spirit' psychedelic poster by Norman Orr for Bill Graham, USA, 1967

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Lithography

Subjects depicted

Native Americans; Acrobats; Palm trees; Bulls; Pyramids; Music; Figures; Psychedelic art; Henges; Sphinx; Top hats; Sculpture; Faces; Magicians

Categories

Prints; Entertainment & Leisure; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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