Very rare Woodstock poster comes to market
Nearly 50 years after the 1969 Woodstock festival, rare poster comes to auction, expected to sell into the thousands.
By: PashCo Posters
This nearly one-of-a-kind poster, owned by the poster artist Arnold Skolnick, is being put up for auction on Saturday, Oct 27th 2018.
According to Arnold Skolnick, because of the continually changing band lineup for the Woodstock festival, Rapport Press pre-printed all the posters without the black plate, which could be quickly added later, when the posters were needed. The resulting graphic, stripped down to only the hand, guitar neck, bird and famous tag line, illustrates the dramatic branding impact of Skolnick's iconic design. Once the lineup was locked-in, the black ink (plate) was used to finalize the poster. The artist took a couple dozen of the blank posters, and stored them in a vault until recently.
This poster, owned and direct from the living estate of the artist, is signed by the artist and comes with a COA. This is one of the last known Woodstock blanks available. The Woodstock Music & Art Fair (informally, Woodstock) was a music festival, billed as "An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music". It was held at Max Yasgur's 600-acre dairy farm in the Catskills near the hamlet of White Lake in the town of Bethel, New York, from August 15 to August 18, 1969. Bethel, in Sullivan County, is 43 miles (69 km) southwest of the town of Woodstock, New York, in adjoining Ulster County. During the sometimes rainy weekend, thirty-two acts performed outdoors in front of 400,000 concert-goers. It is widely regarded as a pivotal moment in popular music history. Rolling Stone listed it as one of the 50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll. The event was captured in the 1970 documentary movie Woodstock, an accompanying soundtrack album, and Joni Mitchell's song "Woodstock", which commemorated the event and became a major hit for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. This poster is one of the last known originals available from the vault.
Offset Lithography on Thin Stock
Size:24 X 36.625
August 15, 16, and 17, 1969
AoR (Art of Rock) 3.1
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