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Bill Graham Presents It's a Beautiful Day, Chuck Berry

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    1969 (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.468-2004

  • 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 by It's a Beautiful Day and Chuck Berry. The central image features a surreal photomontage incorporating Da Vinci's Mona Lisa and a rotten apple, her face fractured, as if overlaid with fragments of broken glass upon which is a shadowy figure and a hand in a cloud-scape. The text, which sits in the white border, reads, 'Bill Graham Presents In San Francisco Fillmore West, It's a Beautiful Day, Chuck Berry, Loading Zone. Lights By Deadly Nightshade. 19 - 20 March 21 - 22'.

Place of Origin

United States (made)

Date

1969 (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 / FILLMORE WEST / IT'S A / BEAUTIFUL / DAY / CHUCK / BERRY / LOADING ZONE LIGHTS BY DEADLY NIGHTSHADE / 19 - 20 MARCH 21 - 22'
Event and venue details, printed in the white border of the poster, above and below the image, in black letters

'SINGER / 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 - / © BILL GRAHAM 1970- No 229 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: 55.3 cm, Width: 35.4 cm

Descriptive line

"Bill Graham Presents It's a Beautiful Day and Chuck Berry" psychedelic poster #224 by David Singer, USA, 1969

Materials

Paper; Ink

Subjects depicted

Psychedelic art; Shadows; Apples; Music; Portraits; Clouds; Faces; Hands

Categories

Prints; Entertainment & Leisure; Advertising; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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