BG-58 Fillmore poster by Wes Wilson with Chambers Brothers. Quicksilver Messenger Service poster and Sandy Bull poster

Wes Wilson (1937-2020)

 

Open Hands - 1967

 

First printing lithograph, Condition: Near Mint

 

Framed: 30" tall x 19 1/4" wide

 

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Close-up of frame

Close-up of frame at angle

Description

The central image is a nude figure drawn with her hands extended, palms out and fingers down—a widely recognized gesture of openness. Openness was one of the most important principles of the “hippie value system.” Because this poster was unusually long, it is difficult to find examples that are not torn at either the top or the bottom. In most cases, the model that Wes Wilson used for his nudes was his wife, Eva.

 

 

The Chambers Brothers began as a gospel group that migrated to the burgeoning folk music movement in the early 1960’s. They played at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival where Bob Dylan went electric, which they began to do following the event as well. They scored their biggest hit in 1968 with, “Time has Come Today,” which was an 11-minute tripped out drum-driven song, which also had a shortened version living just outside the Billboard Top Ten for 8 weeks. The song contains the immortal line, “and my soul’s been psychedelicized.”

 

 

Quicksilver Messenger Service was one of the mainstays of the San Francisco dance concert movement and helped define the San Francisco Sound with the searing guitar playing of John Cipollina and Gary Duncan. The group's long instrumental jams were legendary, both on stage and on record

 

 

 

Alexander "Sandy" Bull was an American folk musician and composer. Bull was an accomplished player of many stringed instruments, including guitar, pedal steel guitar, banjo, and oud. His early work blended non-western instruments with 1960s folk revival music, and has been cited as important in the development of psychedelic music.

 

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