About Poster Art
Wolfgang’s Vault’s collection of concert posters, regarded as one of the largest collections available to the public in the world, includes over 6,000 different products ranging from the 1960s to the present day. During the 1960s, the rock poster developed into a unique, highly creative form. Informal arrangements between the promoters and the artists gave the poster artist more liberty than most commercial enterprises would have permitted. Between 1966 and 1971, roughly 450 poster designs were printed to advertise rock concerts at the Fillmore Auditorium and Avalon Ballroom alone. The posters, originally produced in small editions and hung on walls or telephone poles to promote the upcoming shows, quickly became collectors’ items. The 1960s was not only the golden age of the rock poster, it was one of the great periods of poster art, period, and its impact on advertising and graphic design is felt forty years later. Watch Wolfgang’s Vault poster expert, Grant Feichtmeir, explain more about our posters.
Concert posters are becoming increasingly valuable, particularly those from the earliest days of the genre in the 1960's and 70's. Many of these posters were produced in more than one printing, with slight variations in size, color, stock and image.
It's critical for collectors to know the difference between printings in order to gauge the authenticity of your collection and acquisitions. To help you, we've begun listing meticulously detailed Print Variations to the BG, FD, FME, Grande and Neon Rose poster series. Check in regularly as we continue updating and adding to this resource.