Our fellow poster purveyor Ted Bahr, whose gallery in Oyster Bay New York features an ever-evolving collection of 1960s concert posters, has co-curated an exhibition that displays the most extensive collection of Grateful Dead concert posters ever exhibited at one time. The Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River, Massachusetts partnered with Ted to pull off this ambitious event. Ted has been a colleague of PAE for close to a decade and is a pioneer in offering 1960s concert posters in a permanent gallery setting. Ted’s experience and well-trained eye have enabled him to create a thriving market for custom-framed concert posters. His efforts have captured the attention of a freshman class of collectors that want to dive deep into the hobby. PAE auction director Andy Luttrell was in attendance for the exhibition's opening on February 5th, which drew in more than 600 attendees.
The exhibition features nearly 80 classic Grateful Dead posters largely from the late 1960s. Artists represented include Rick Griffin, Stanley Mouse, Alton Kelley, Wes Wilson, Bonnie MacLean, Peter Max, Robert Rauschenberg, Arlene Owseichik, David Singer, Randy Tuten, Lee Conklin, Phil Garris, and John Van Hammersveld. Fan favorites such as the FD-26 and the Aoxomoxoa are displayed. Other highlights include two super rare Boston Tea Party posters from 1969, a Philadephia 1974 Wall of Sound poster, and an original first-printing Hawaiian Aoxomoxoa. Virtually all pieces are first printings and are accompanied by meticulous background and history, placing each piece in context. All items displayed are for sale and will benefit The Narrows Center.
The opening on February 5th featured tastings of the Skeleton & Roses IPA brewed specially for the exhibition by local Troy City Brewery, a lecture on the development of the psychedelic poster, and a concert by Grateful Dead historian and co-host of the Tales From The Golden Road, David Gans.
Ted Bahr will return to The Narrows Center on Saturday, March 25th for another lecture on the posters from 1:30-2:30. At this time, tunes will also be playing and the Troy City Brewery will be open on the first floor of the Narrows Center building. The exhibition will run through April 1st at which point all unsold works will be returning to the Bahr Gallery in Oyster Bay. It is free and open from 12-5 Thursday through Saturdays and before all live music performances.
We encourage any of our friends in the area to attend the exhibition before it closes! This is an excellent opportunity to view these beautiful works in person and connect with fellow poster and music freaks.
Don't forget to bid in our March Mega Auction! Lots begin to close on Thursday, March 16th at 9:00 pm eastern time. CLICK HERE TO ENTER!