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Love Festival

Poster
1967 (published)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

A poster advertising bands performing at the UFO Club, Tottenham Court Road, London, in February 1967. The glistening plastic lips and burgeoning lettering in a glorious combination of red and pink are a deliberate reference to the art of the American painter Tom Wesselmann (born 1931). At the time, the eclecticism of the British Pop poster artists was referred to by the singer and entertainer George Melly as a 'visionary and hallucinatory bouillabaisse'.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Colour screenprint
Brief Description
'Love Festival'. Colour screen print poster advertising entertainment at the U.F.O., London. Designed by Michael English. Published by Osiris Visions Ltd., London, 1967.
Physical Description
Colour screen print poster, with large pink and red lettering against a white background, reading 'Love Festival'. This is positioned so that it appears to emanate from a huge open mouth, with glossy red lips, a pink tongue and white teeth. Smaller lettering, also in pink and red, is positioned below the mouth, and above reading 'Designed by Michael English'.
Dimensions
  • Height: 76.2cm
  • Width: 101.6cm
Dimensions taken from: Summary Catalogue of British Posters to 1988 in the Victoria & Albert Museum in the Department of Design, Prints & Drawing. Emmett Publishing, 1990. 129 p. ISBN: 1 869934 12 1
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
  • Designed by Michael English (Lettered.)
  • 'OA 201' (Numbered)
Credit line
Reproduced courtesy of the artist
Subjects depicted
Summary
A poster advertising bands performing at the UFO Club, Tottenham Court Road, London, in February 1967. The glistening plastic lips and burgeoning lettering in a glorious combination of red and pink are a deliberate reference to the art of the American painter Tom Wesselmann (born 1931). At the time, the eclecticism of the British Pop poster artists was referred to by the singer and entertainer George Melly as a 'visionary and hallucinatory bouillabaisse'.
Bibliographic References
  • Victoria & Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1968 London: HMSO, 1969.
  • Summary Catalogue of British Posters to 1988 in the Victoria & Albert Museum in the Department of Design, Prints & Drawing. Emmett Publishing, 1990. 129 p. ISBN: 1 869934 12 1
Other Number
12/A11 - V&A microfiche
Collection
Accession Number
E.38-1968

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record createdMarch 5, 2003
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