An Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground poster
Lot 2320
An Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground poster
Sold for US$ 8,750 inc. premium
Lot Details
An Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground poster
Silkscreen on cardboard, AOR 3.5. Advertising a concert of The Plastic Inevitable show at the Trip on the Sunset Strip with the Velvet Underground and Nico, May 3-18, 1966. The poster reproduces the April 25, 1966 cover of Newsweek featuring a Roy Lichtenstein painting, the cover story titled "The Story of Pop! What It Is and How It Came to Be." Also featured in the lower right corner of the poster are the Campbell's Soup kids, skipping down the road with their dog, cans of soup in their hands. The poster unites these two famous icons of Pop art, referencing Lichtenstein, the earlier King of Pop Art, and Warhol's famous Campbell's Soup cans, which he first created in 1962 and continued to make throughout the '60s and '70s.

The concerts at the Trip featured a double bill of the Velvets and Andy Warhol's multimedia show, the Exploding Plastic Inevitable (here billed as just The Plastic Inevitable), which one viewer described as "a mixed media orgy that included film loops, music by the Velvets, sadomasochistic dancing and an epileptic light show" (http://www.human-highway.org/2013velvet-underground-at-the-trip1966). The concerts also featured Frank Zappa's band, The Mothers of Invention, as an opening act. The Trip was a short-lived LA rock venue founded by Elmer Valentine, the owner of the Whiskey a Go Go. Celebrities reported to have attended the opening night included John Phillips, Ryan O'Neal, Cher, and Jim Morrison. The band did not complete the two week run, as the club was shut down by the police a few nights into their residency.
Overall: 19 x 27 1/2 in.; Poster: 14 x 21 7/8 in.
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