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FD-D-12: Chuck Berry, Sons of Champlin. Denver Dog, Nov. 17-18

FD-D-12: Chuck Berry, Sons of Champlin. Denver Dog, Nov. 17-18

Artist: Rick Griffin (1944 Palo Alto, California-1991 Petaluma, California)

Artist: Victor Moscoso (born 1936 Oleiros, Galicia, Spain; lives San Francisco, California)

Department: Art
Date: 1967
Medium: offset lithograph on paper
Dimensions:
20 × 14 in. (50.8 × 35.6 cm)
Classification: Print
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, gift of Dr. James Gunn
Object number: PC2015.10.272
DescriptionFD-D12-1
Male face in oval colored in pink, green, orange, blue, and yellow. Two birds in front of the man's face face towards each other.
On view
Label Text:Some of the poster artists had limited formal art training, if any, and disobedience was standard operating procedure for those who did. Almost from the start, the designs resembled a competition to see who could push the format the furthest before meaning totally collapsed. Victor Moscoso: “The goal of my posters was, ideally, if somebody was across the street, they’d see the vibrating colors and say, what’s that? They’d spend a half hour or a week trying to read it. It was a game, and I wasn’t the only guy doing this.” Rick Griffin and Victor Moscoso worked seamlessly together on a unique poster for a Denver Dog show featuring Chuck Berry. The ornate written characters that dominate the design are compelling and lucid; they just don’t convey any known written language. The pagan god-like face depicted in the middle of the poster isn’t Berry’s, as one might expect, but Griffin’s, rendered by Moscoso. These were clearly not advertising agents out to please corporate clients, but rather a band of creative rebels in a war against expectations, and “good taste”.