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Bill Graham Presents Quicksilver Messenger Service

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    1970 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Singer, David, born 1941 (artist)
    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.479-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf DR17

David Singer produced 66 posters for Bill Graham and the Fillmore Auditorium (a legendary music venue in San Francisco, California). He was also the last artist to produce an original series for the Fillmore. Singer's designs employ diverse collaged elements, drawn from both photographic and printed sources, to produce fantastic and often surreal scenes.

Physical description

Psychedelic poster advertising a concert for Quicksilver Messenger Service. The central image features a photograph of a rocky desert landscape with tin-helmeted soldiers on horseback, and army jeeps. Collaged into this setting is a pair of woman's legs, crossed and in fishnet tights, with a large five cent coin between the feet. The event details are printed in silver-grey stylised letters, above and below this image, on the black background. The text reads, 'Bill Graham Presents in San Francisco, Quicksilver Messenger Service, & his Don Ellis Orchestra, Rockwell, Brotherhood of Light, June 18-19-20-21 Fillmore West'.

Place of Origin

United States (made)

Date

1970 (made)

Artist/maker

Singer, David, born 1941 (artist)
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 / QUICKSILVER / MESSENGER SERVICE / & HIS DON ELLIS ORCHESTRA / ROCKWELL / BROTHERHOOD OF LIGHT / JUNE 18-19-20-21 FILLMORE WEST / -SINGER-'.
Event and venue details, printed above and below the image in silver-grey, stylised letters

'NOW ON SALE AT MACY'S TICKETS ALL MACY'S TICKET OUTLETS / SAN FRANCISCO - CITY LIGHTS BOOKSTORE 261 COLUMBUS AVE - THE TOWN SQUIRE 1318 POLK ST - OUTSIDE IN 2544 MISSION ST OAKLAND - HOLE IN THE WALL 3345 LAKESHORE AVE / 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 / © BILL GRAHAM 1970 # 239 TEA LAUTREC LITHO - SAN FRANCISCO'
Ticket vendors, printed in stylised silver-grey letters.

Dimensions

Height: 54.2 cm, Width: 35.2 cm

Descriptive line

"Bill Graham Presents Quicksilver Messenger Service" psychedelic poster #239 by David Singer, USA, 1970

Materials

Paper; Ink

Subjects depicted

Soldiers; Landscapes; Equestrians; Cents; Coins; Buffalo; Psychedelic art; Music; Legs; Deserts; Jeeps; Fishnet tights

Categories

Prints; Entertainment & Leisure; Advertising; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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