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Bill Graham Presents Sha-na-na

  • 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.480-2004

  • 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 Sha-na-na. The central image is a photographic collage, featuring a number of elements, including a rocky landscape, a man on a horse, a goldfish in its bowl, and the moon superimposed onto a cliff. The scene is printed in black and white and is set to the left of the poster, within a silver-grey border. The event details, printed in black, stylised letters, are arranged around the border, above, below and to the right of the image. The text reads, 'Bill Graham Presents in San Francisco, Sha-na-na & Pacific Gas Electric, Dan Hicks & his Hot Licks. Lights by Abercrombie. June 25-26-27-28 - special mid-week show Traffic, Leon Russell, Brotherhood of Light. June 30 July 1-2. Fillmore West'.

There is a small amount of creasing and some surface damage to the upper left corner.

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 / SHA-NA-NA / & PACIFIC GAS ELECTRIC / DAN HICKS / & HIS HOT LICKS / LIGHTS BY ABERCROMBIE / JUNE / 25-26-27-28 / - / SPECIAL / MID-WEEK SHOW / TRAFFIC / LEON RUSSELL / BROTHERHOOD OF LIGHT / JUNE 30 / JULY 1-2 / FILLMORE WEST / -SINGER-'.
Event and venue details, printed in the border, around the edges of the image, in black, stylised letters. Also artist's name, printed under the 'M' of 'FILLMORE'

'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 240 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: 54.2 cm, Width: 35.2 cm

Descriptive line

"Bill Graham Presents Sha-Na-Na" psychedelic poster #240 by David Singer, USA, 1970

Materials

Paper; Ink

Subjects depicted

Horses; Rocks; Figures; Landscapes; Cliffs; Fishbowls; Goldfish; Psychedelic art; Music; Moon; Equestrians

Categories

Prints; Entertainment & Leisure; Advertising; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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