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The art of Rock Art from Beat to Punk via Psychedelia
Sotheby’s to host an exhibition of
the art of Rock Art from Beat to Punk via Psychedelia including
the infamous poster of the ‘Flying Eyeball’ measuring
six feet high!
TIMES - a major international exhibition tracing the history of one of
the most influential periods through the Rock Art poster and graphic
design in the 20th Century – will be held at Sotheby’s, Olympia
from Sunday, January 5 through to Sunday, January 19, 2003.
Based on the collection of fashion impresario
Peter Golding, who is credited with creating the first stretch Jean
in 1978, it is one of the largest archives of original rock and roll
art in existence today.
Peter began the collection after picking up
a poster from a protest concert in Hyde Park, London in 1967 and has
since amassed an extensive collection of original pieces of quintessential
work by key artists and designers of the time ranging from sketches
and illustrations to paintings, printing plates and first edition posters.
Approximately 300 of these will be included in the exhibition.
As well as having an impressive art collection,
Peter Golding also owned the famous ACE boutique in London’s
Kings Road, which during the 1970s and 1980s, catered to an international
celebrity clientele of stage, screen and rock and roll stars. He
is also an avid musician, very much dedicated to Blues and Jazz,
and launched his CD “Stretching the Blues” in 1997 to
a star studded audience at London’s Café de Paris.
well as a diverse kaleidoscope of original artwork, the exhibition
includes early Rolling Stones posters; original artwork from the
Doors concerts; original artists proofs for the “The Beatles
Illustrated Lyrics” by Alan Aldridge; 1960s concert posters
for the Who and Cream; rare photographs from The Beat Hotel, Paris
and the Kings Road, London, and an extensive collection of printing
plates and their corresponding ‘uncut’ posters from
the American West Coast.
Peter Golding said: “The roots of the
exhibition can be found in the early 1960s when a new social and political
radicalism gradually took hold on both sides of the Atlantic. Such
breaking of old styles and liberalisation in turn brought a profound
new energy in music, art and fashion the effects of which continue
to resonate today.
“A visit through Inspirational
Times will bombard ones senses with a plethora of stunning imagery
and art alongside captions and Illustrated text panels with editorial
giving an insight into the era.
“Much of the original work from the artists
included in the Inspirational Times Exhibition sheds light on the origins
of design found today from club flyers to logos, fashion magazines
to recent psychedelic car commercials! Such monumental inspiration
illustrated both in the artwork and social movement has had a huge
effect on today’s New Establishment, not only shaping and influencing
the movers and shakers of the fashion, design and music industries
but affecting the very basis of our everyday lives.”
Key protagonists of the art form represented
in the exhibition include Rick Griffin, Stanley Mouse, Victor Moscoso,
Wes Wilson, Gary Grimshaw, Hapshash, Michael English, Nigel Weymouth,
Alton Kelly, David Singer, Alan Aldridge, Randy Tuten, Dennis Larkin
among many others.
Times brings together for the first time the largest single collection
of RICK GRIFFIN’S WORK including original drawings, paintings
The late Rick Griffin is revered as the original
Grand Master of this art form and a selection of his best works have
been included in the exhibition.
His most famous poster, the Flying Eyeball commissioned
for Bill Graham’s Fillmore East 1969 concert featuring Jimi Hendrix,
John Mayall and Albert King, has been a recurring icon and is regarded
by peers and the public as one of the most perfectly executed pieces
of psychedelic art created during the Fillmore era. This stunning piece
of original artwork is over 6 feet high.
The work of British designers Michael English
and Nigel Weymouth, aka Hapshash and The Coloured Coat whose surreal
illustrations were at the forefront of UK design will also be exhibited.
Their pioneering techniques in silkscreen pushed the boundaries of
printing to new heights creating a difference between the more sophisticated
European printing techniques and the older plate method used by the
The Exhibition also looks at some of the artwork
commissioned by the Beatles including works by British artist Alan
Aldridge and the Dutch collective ‘The Fool’. The latter
design house became part of the Beatles entourage designing clothes,
the band’s boutique in London and John Lennon’s Rolls Royce.
Perhaps the biggest band in US rock history,
the Grateful Dead were avid commissioners of new artwork for their
numerous projects. A section of the exhibition: ART OF THE DEAD will
feature artwork from a range of different artists who were inspired
to create some of the most recognisable icons in the history of graphic
design, laying the foundations for the future development of the “band
logo” and its development.
A key figure was Stanley Mouse whose combination
of the Grateful Dead’s skull and roses may be the most famous
single visual image linked with any rock group. Mouse Studios set the
standards, producing posters, paintings, drawings, albums, logos and
creating some of the most distinctive rock art ever. He worked very
closely with Alton Kelly, who is also well represented with several
The final section, AFTERGLOW, will include some
later work from the main protagonists of the exhibition along with
an impressive display of original strip advert artwork from the prolific
Randy Tuten, alongside original artwork from the punk era. Also included
are posters commissioned by The Rainbow Theatre - London’s infamous
music venue of the ‘70s.
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