In conjunction with the special exhibit Byrd & Skolnick: A Tale of Two Posters (see below) Bethel Woods will host a weekend-long Rock Art Poster Fair, providing the opportunity for poster collectors, vendors, scholars and enthusiasts to convene at the historic Woodstock location to celebrate the iconic art forms of posters and prints.
On Saturday, April 28, New York Fine Art Appraisers will be on-site from 12:00–4:00 to offer oral appraisals of rock posters from personal collections. Limit one item per person. Each appraisal will take approximately 5–10 minutes. Cost is $25 per appraisal, and tickets may be purchased at the Bethel Woods Box Office. Appraisals will be done in the main Poster Fair gallery so that visitors can observe appraisers at work.
The weekend will center around the Poster Marketplace, featuring poster and print vendors and rock memorabilia, as well companies from related fields (lighting, framing, art conservation). The marketplace runs Saturday, April 28 — Sunday, April 29.
Throughout the weekend, local and regional artists will demonstrate poster-making techniques, modeling methods used from the 1960s to the present. Visitors will also have the opportunity to try their own hand at poster design. An appraiser will be on-site for limited hours, providing consultations to visitors who are interested in learning more about posters in their personal collections.
The weekend begins on Friday, April 27 with a screening of the film American Artifact, which explores rock poster art since the 1960s. The film will be introduced by director Merle Becker, who will also lead the post-film Cinema Conversation.
more info at bethelwoodscenter.org
April 1, 2012 — July 22, 2012
Byrd/Sklonick: A Tale of Two Posters
A retrospective of the work of David Edward Byrd and Arnold Skolnick
Arnold Skolnick’s poster design for the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair was immediately iconic, creating a brand identity for the rock festival and spawning hundreds of copycat posters for everything from environmental causes to bar-b-que festivals. But many people aren’t aware of the OTHER Woodstock poster, David Edward Byrd’s intricate design that pictured a nude “Aquarius” pouring water from an urn.
Both artists contributed to the legend of that fabled rock festival, and this special exhibition, researched and curated by the staff of The Museum at Bethel Woods, highlights their contributions with a stunning retrospective exhibition that tells the story of two artists’ storied careers. To round out the tale, the exhibition also features works inspired by or that parody the famous Woodstock posters.
This exhibition is a must-see for every Woodstock fan, poster collector, art historian or student, art lover, or follower of pop culture.
The Museum at Bethel Woods presents two to three major special exhibitions each year, traveling exhibits from other museums or original exhbits curated by museum staff, that expand upon the themes of the main museum exhibit.
more info at bethelwoodscenter.org
The Byrd Show: 40 Years of Art & Design
June 11 — July 22, 2011
The Brand Library Art Galleries is proud to present The Byrd Show: 40 Years of Art & Design, the first West Coast retrospective of renowned artist and graphic designer David Edward Byrd’s career.
The Rolling Stones. The Grateful Dead. Jimi Hendrix. Jefferson Airplane. Stephen Sondheim. Stephen Schwartz. Alan Menken, Andrew Lloyd Webber. These are just a selection of the rock ‘n roll and musical theater greats that David Byrd has worked with over the years. With a career spanning more than four decades, David’s work is firmly entrenched as part of our visual culture. Who does not recognize the famous “Follies” poster (the original is owned by The Smithsonian), or the Jimi Hendrix Experience poster, ranked by Billboard as the 8th best rock concert poster of all time!
David is a master of technique and employs many media to create his eclectic work, including watercolor, pencil and colored pencil, acrylics, ink, transparent dyes, graphite, chalk, airbrush and collage. Though he makes use of digital tools, happily replacing tedious processes like Letrafilm color transfer, he always starts his work by hand. Detailed, lush, and expressive, his output includes posters, book, magazine and album covers— he received a Grammy Award for album design along with several other prominent illustrators for The Who’s rock opera Tommy.
The Brand Library is thrilled to be hosting this momentous exhibition of more than seventy works; as David himself says “at the legendary Brand Library Art Galleries, I will be celebrating not only my first retrospective exhibition in Los Angeles but also my 70th year on Planet Earth and my 50th year as an artist. I feel very blessed to be able to share my long journey as an artist with you all.”
A poster designed by David for the exhibition will also be produced and available to the public. For more about the artist David Edward Byrd visit his website.