Alan Aldridge created this poster for a one-off showing in 1968 of Warhol’s Chelsea Girls at Jim Haynes Art’s Lab on Drury Lane in Covent Garden London. However, when the printers saw the artwork they refused to print it.
According to Aldridge’s family 5 copies were printed prior to the screening. Beyond the one known copy, how many more exist is unknown. This 1970 printing measures approx : 76.5cm x 47.5cm, the originals were smaller.
Aldridge printed these in 1970 at Motif (who also printed his Dylan/ Don’t Look Back poster) and were sold on his lecture tours. They were never widely available, hence the rarity and value.
When Alan was art director at Penguin Books in the mid sixties, he had his offices around the corner from the shop and was a regular. He’d often leave his sketch books on the shelves, which my dad would return to him at the Shaftesbury Pub on the corner. He’d return the favour by adding illustrations to copies of his books (wish I could find those again).
I used to be asked for this poster all the time and had no idea how or why they were so scarce. Gradually, as various members of Alan Aldridge’s family visited the shop, I did get to the bottom of the back story and printing history, so when I have more time I’ll write up as a blog….. Interested? Remind Me ?
I even supplied a signed one to his grand daughter Lily Aldridge….
Condition : Signed, VG++/ Excellent : Undisplayed with usual minor handling creases.
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