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Some say they are the rarest posters in the world - including one of the rarest Grateful Dead!
By: PashCo Posters
In January 1969, the third floor of the Labor Temple in Minneapolis started holding concerts on Sunday nights, featuring national and international bands. The first concert was held on February 2, 1969 and featured The Grateful Dead. The Temple was packed and people were turned away at the door due to the lack of room. Community News, a local company, began doing the light shows for the concerts, using home made "movie screens" draped across the back of the stage, as well as the posters, handbills, tickets and even proud control for the events. The concerts at the Labor Temple came to an end in the middle of 1970 but not before dozens of famous established and rising artists played the stage. And for every concert, Juryj "George" Ostroushko designed, printed and distributed a small set of promotional posters. These posters were typically never saved by anyone, and are highly sought after by collectors worldwide.
Ostroushko is a Twin Cities artist with a passion for music. As part of his company Community News, his job was to create images and effects for the light show for each concert at the Minneapolis Labor Temple. He was always trying new effects with gels, oils, lights, screens and drapes and he designed (and sometimes even printed) each main poster for every concert. Already an artist and hippie from the West Bank of Minneapolis, Juryj always carried a sketch pad with him and when ideas came up he drew them. Many of these sketches were used in the posters he designed. Juryj, sketch pad in hand, traveled to San Francisco in the hey-day of the Haight-Ashbury and Fillmore Era days. As a known artist in the Bay Area, he knew many other posters artists, and they shared their works with each other. His influences can be seen in the likes of Fillmore and Avalon posters, just as they influenced his work. He is a true artist and influencer of the psychedelic era and continues his passion for fine art and music to this day.
The ultimate in rare posters from this artist, and the Labor Temple is coming to auction August 25th, 2018 - THE GRATEFUL DEAD silkscreen poster. The poster for this show sports a very straight- forward design, comprising minimal typography and an image of the group (albeit with only six of the seven members who played at the show). The psychedelic silkscreen poster has a verified provenance being owned by a member of the team that put on the light shows at the event, and there were only ten of these posters ever pulled in the entire world! Of which we believe this is the only poster known to exist.
Also included in this auction are many rare 60's and 70's psychedelic era posters ranging from the Beatles to Zappa. Collectors will be excited to see a fine set of David Byrd Artist Proof posters, A vintage original signed Woodstock poster, and rare collectible radio station promo albums and 45rpms vinyl records. All topped off by a very rare 1969 Led Zeppelin Atlanta Pop Poster. These items defined the age of Aquarius and the Summer of Love, and are in amazing condition for being 45+ years old.
As an authorized agent for both David Byrd and Arnold Skolnick, the PashCo Posters auction includes posters that are expected to bid well into the thousands, including vintage posters and ephemera from the Fillmore and Avalon Family Dog set, as well as vintage blacklight posters. Potential bidders can check out the treasure trove and review the catalog online here:
Once viewers sign up, they can begin to bid on items and participate in the live worldwide auction on August 25th, 2018 at 9am CST.
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