The 1960s was a decade for dreamers. A time of revolution, we remember the 1960s belonging to the youth – creating a storm of social upheaval, optimism, peace demonstrations, long hair, and free love. There was a belief that anything was possible.
The art produced during the decade reflects this sense of optimism and the desire to move into the modern age. Leaping into the unknown, artists worldwide examined the sublime and the abstract, often influenced by the exploration of space. Pop art artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein challenged mass-media and mass-culture. The 1960s also saw the rise of major print studios such as Gemini G.E.L. and Universal Limited Art Editions in the US and Kelpra Studio in the UK. Printmaking, the inexpensive “democratic artform,” boomed.
Here’s a 1966 poster featured in “It’s New / It’s Now: Recent Gifts of Contemporary Prints and Drawings,” It’s Andy Warhol’s Explosion! / Exploding Plastic Inevitable. Read more about Warhol’s national touring extravaganza below.
Check back next week when we explore the new realism, disco, anti-war protests, and hot pants of the 1970s.
Associated with Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987), It’s Andy Warhol’s Explosion! / Exploding Plastic Inevitable, 1966, letterpress on coated cardboard. Printed by Metropolitan Show Print, Boston, Mass.; unknown edition, Gift of Kate Butler Peterson
More about the print
This rare promotional poster publicized Andy Warhol’s national touring extravaganza of multimedia happenings known as the Exploding Plastic Inevitable or EPI. Part performance art, part concert, the traveling spectacle featured concerts by The Velvet Underground and folk singer Nico, psychedelic light shows, screenings of Warhol’s underground films, and dancing and performances by members of Warhol’s Factory. The event was staged between 1966 and 1967 in Boston, Provincetown, New York, Cleveland, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and other cities. Only three surviving copies of this poster are known.
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