David Edward Byrd (1941 -)

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Title:
JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE
Size:
14 1/8 X 22 3/4
Medium:
Lithograph
Price:
$12,000
INV. #:
14398
 
This beautiful poster dates from May 1968 and was designed by David Byrd. Hendrix was at the height of his career at the time of this show and he performed two shows this night. Although not listed on the poster, Sly & The Family Stone opened for Hendrix. The band was relatively unknown at that point and the crowd heckled it. David Byrd did a masterful job designing this poster and it is considered by many to be his finest work. This poster is also featured in The Art of Rock as Plate Number 2.90. We recently sold one of these in our November 2013 auction, where it realized $10,780. While this piece is not quite of that quality, it is very close and should be of great interest. Very good to excellent condition rare rock and roll poster.

You could call David Edward Byrd a poster boy for the ’60s. In fact, when Pratt Institute named a Pratt artist for every year of its 125-year history, the art school picked Byrd, who was on faculty, for 1968. That’s the year Byrd created the now iconic Jimi Hendrix Experience concert poster for New York’s then-new Fillmore East. The poster is number 8 on Billboard’s list of the 25 Best Rock Posters of All Time. The artist's work is in major museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art and Le Musee des Arts Decoratif at the Louvre, and it’s featured in an L.A. Skirball exhibit.