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Poster - CIA v UFO
  • CIA v UFO
    English, Michael, born 1941 - died 2009
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CIA v UFO

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1967 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    English, Michael, born 1941 - died 2009 (designers)
    Waymouth, Nigel (designers)
    Osiris Agency Ltd. (made for)
    Hspshash and the Coloured Coat (designers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour screen-print

  • Museum number:

    E.1713-1991

  • Gallery location:

    On short term loan out for exhibition

Physical description

Poster for Pink Floyd, 'CIA v UFO', Art Deco style in blue, orange and yellow, with image of angel and a city on a rock.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1967 (made)

Artist/maker

English, Michael, born 1941 - died 2009 (designers)
Waymouth, Nigel (designers)
Osiris Agency Ltd. (made for)
Hspshash and the Coloured Coat (designers)

Materials and Techniques

Colour screen-print

Marks and inscriptions

CIA UFO
Text of poster in bottom quarter.

July 28 pink floyd
Text of poster within main image.

PRINTED IN ENGLAND/OA114/[COPYRIGHT]1967 OSIRIS AGENCY LTD 90 WESTBOURNE TERRACE W2
Printed along bottom left edge of poster.

Dimensions

Height: 76 cm, Width: 50.6 cm

Historical context note

This poster advertises a performance of Pink Floyd, the psychedelic pop group, at the UFO club in Tottenham Court Road. UFO was a weekly club launched by the underground newspaper International Times in 1966 in an attempt to improve its finances and provide an all-night venue. Groups such as Pink Floyd, Soft Machine and later Authur Brown played regularly and the space swirled with psychedelic light shows and 'beautiful' people. Although UFO only existed for ten months Hapshash designed a number of psychedelic posters characterised by their innovatory use of Art Nouveau forms (here clearly derived from Mucha) and rainbow inking combined with metallic and fluorescent colours. Osiris continued to sell the posters for home decoration.

[Julia Bigham, 'British Design at Home', p.149]

Descriptive line

Poster for Pink Floyd entitled 'CIA v UFO', designed by Hashash and the Coloured Coat (Michael English and Nigel Waymouth). Great Britain, 1967.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Christoph Grunberg, ed. Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era London: Tate, 2005. 239 p. : ill. (some col.) ISBN: 1854375954.

Labels and date

"Michael English (born 1942) and Nigel Waymouth (born 1941)
CIA v UFO. Poster promoting Pink Floyd on July 28
1967
Published by Osiris Visions Ltd.
Screenprint
E.1713-1991

Nigel Waymouth described how the lettering was visually exciting and they were interested in the idea of two very opposite forces, the repressive establishment versus the new counter culture. The flying island, or type of UFO, plays on the Buckminster Fuller idea that the Earth is just a space craft."

Text by Julia Bigham []

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Screen printing

Subjects depicted

Cities; Angels

Categories

ELISE; Prints; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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