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Bill Graham Presents Grateful Dead

  • 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.478-2004

  • 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 the Grateful Dead. The central image is a photographic collage, featuring a number of elements, including soldiers, an x-rayed image of a skull, an eagle and a desert. The scene is printed in black and white and is set within a khaki-green border. The event details, printed in black, stylised letters, are arranged around the border, on all four sides of the image. The text reads, 'Bill Graham Presents in San Francisco, Grateful dead, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Southern Comfort. Fillmore West, June 4-5-6-7. Lights by - Dr. Zarkov'.

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 / GRATEFUL DEAD / NEW RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE / SOUTHERN COMFORT / FILLMORE WEST / JUNE 4-5-6-7 LIGHTS BY - DR. ZARKOV / -SINGER-'.
Event and venue details, printed in the border, around the edges of the image, in black, stylised letters. Also artist's name

'NOW ON SALE AT MACY'S TICKETS ALL MACY'S 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 - / © BILL GRAHAM 1970- No 237 DISCOUNT RECORDS MENLO PARK - DISCOUNT RECORDS SAN RAFAEL - RECORD KING TEA LAUTREC LITHO - SAN FRANCISCO'
Ticket vendors and printing information, at bottom of poster, printed in stylised, black letters.

Dimensions

Height: 53.5 cm, Width: 35.5 cm

Descriptive line

"Bill Graham Presents Grateful Dead" psychedelic poster #237 by David Singer, USA, 1970

Materials

Paper; Ink

Subjects depicted

Skulls; Deserts; Soldiers; Eagles; Music; Dunes; Psychedelic art; Birds; Landscapes; Radiographs; Helmets

Categories

Prints; Entertainment & Leisure; Advertising; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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