Fans and poster collectors will be thrilled to learn that artist David Edward Byrd has a brand new web store that is HTML5 compliant with responsive design so it will work great on your smart phones and tablets too (like iPhones & iPads). With David’s 74th birthday approaching on April 4, 2015, now is a great time to add some new signed art to your collection. This Big Cartel site includes features like a Shopping Carts and easy, secure payment via PayPal. Check it now at www.davidedwardbyrdposters.com
Sam Andrew, a founder of Big Brother and the Holding Company passed away on February 12 at the age of 73. Along with the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and Quicksilver Messenger Service, Big Brother, is arguably one of the most famous and successful bands from the 1960s San Francisco music scene. He is survived by his wife, Elise Piliwale (and daughter Mari Andrew, from a previous marriage) who contacted Dennis Loren to design this poster for Sam’s memorial concert on Sunday March 22, 2015 at the Great American Music Hall.
I spoke with Dennis who is deeply honored to do this poster in memory of his longtime friend. Elise said that it made her very happy to see the finished design and that Sam would have loved it. The art will be printed by PS Print in Oakland and available at the memorial.
Before Sam passed, he had multiple surgeries in an attempt to save his life. There is a fund to help his family with the mounting expenses and medical bills incurred during that time. If you would like to help, or learn more, donations are being accepted at YouCaring.com. Sam has given us a lifetime of creativity and intellectual musings, many times for free. Now is our chance to help out a brother in need. I know together we can reach this goal. ☮
with Big Brother & The Holding Company, Peter & Arwen Lewis, Nick Gravenites, George Michalski, and The 60’s All Stars: A Musical Tribute to Sam by His Friends with Special Guests
Sunday March 22, 2015 at 5pm
John Cooke, former road manager for Big Brother, will share some special Sam memories and a rare 60s film of the band.
The 60s All Stars:
Barry “The Fish” Melton — from Country Joe & The Fish
Peter Albin — from Big Brother & The Holding Company
Banana — from The Youngbloods
Roy Blumenfeld — from The Blues Project
Kurt Huget, Bill Laymon, Roy Schmall — from The Sam Andrew Band
Snooky Flowers — from The Kozmic Blues Band (with Janis Joplin)
David & Linda Laflamme — from It’s A Beautiful Day
David Aguilar — from Norton Buffalo and numerous bands with Sam Andrew
Brad Jenkins — ace saxophone player who has played with numerous well known bands
Tickets available here.
The Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco
Psychedelic Drawings, 1967–1982
Curated by Norman Hathaway & Dan Nadel
March 6 — April 25, 2015
Opening reception: Friday, March 6th, 6–8 PM with Victor Moscoso
The Andrew Edlin Gallery is excited to announce a retrospective of drawings by Victor Moscoso, one of the pre-eminent graphic artists of the 20th century, and widely renowned for his 1960s psychedelic posters and comics. The gallery will publish a 96-page catalog to accompany the exhibition.
This exhibition is the first to present the full range of Moscoso’s drawings for posters and comics, including original renderings for his renowned cover of Zap Comix #4 (1969), the Hocus Pocus story, posters for The Doors and The Who, and other seminal published editions. These works, executed as production art for printed pieces, reveal Moscoso’s dedication to expert draftsmanship in the service of graphics, as well as a sure and graceful approach to drawing everything from dinosaurs to spaceships to humans.
Victor Moscoso’s impact on the visual culture of the psychedelic era belies his modernist training (he studied with Josef Albers at Yale in the late 1950s), which he used to delineate images, posters and comics that explore geometric space, animation, and cartoon icons. In 1966, while living in San Francisco, Moscoso began designing posters for rock shows in the city, and by 1967 had developed his signature style, in which opposite hues of the same intensity sit next to each other to create a visual “vibration” effect and lettering is designed for its form instead of function. Moscoso’s lettering was all hand-drawn; his approach to letterforms gave negative space as much weight as the positive. This spatial confusion, along with color vibrations and Moscoso’s mysterious imagery, made his work instantly recognizable.
Between 1967 and 1970, Moscoso designed over one hundred posters for everyone from the Grateful Dead to Jimi Hendrix to Allen Ginsberg. In doing so, he revolutionized the worlds of graphic design, typography, and rock ‘n’ roll imagery. In 1968, Moscoso was invited by Robert Crumb to join him in Zap Comix. Moscoso’s abstract and lyrical comics debuted in issue 2 and he has remained a driving force of the Zap collective through to its final iteration, a 2014 “Complete Zap Comix” box set that sold out immediately upon its release.
Victor Moscoso was born in La Coruña, Spain in 1936, and moved to Brooklyn in 1940. He attended the New York High School of Industrial Art and then Cooper Union and Yale University, where he earned a BA in 1959. He completed a master’s degree at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1961. Moscoso, who resides in Marin County, California, has also completed album covers, billboards, animations and posters for artists including Jerry Garcia, Primus, Herbie Hancock, The Who and many others. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum (New York), the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), The Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Library of Congress (Wash DC), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Louvre (Paris), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), and the Tate Modern (London).
Norman Hathaway is a graphic designer, design historian, and lecturer. He is the author of Overspray: Riding High with the Kings of California Airbrush Art and co-author (with Dan Nadel) of Electrical Banana: Masters of Psychedelic Art and Dorothy and Otis: Designing the American Dream.
Dan Nadel is a writer and curator whose most recent exhibition What Nerve: Alternative Figures in American Art, 1960 to the Present was presented at the RISD Museum in Providence, RI. He is the author of books including Art Out of Time: Unknown Comics Visionaries and co-author (with Norman Hathaway) of Electrical Banana: Masters of Psychedelic Art and Dorothy and Otis: Designing the American Dream.
Andrew Edlin Gallery 134 Tenth Avenue, NYC