Bob Dylan

Exhibition Label
Milton Glaser, one of the founders of New York's Push Pin Studios, created an icon of 1960s counterculture in his now-classic Dylan poster. It was a new form of poster, according to the artist, created as a bonus insert for the Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits album of 1967. Dylan, who wrote such songs as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "Mr. Tambourine Man," was the folk-rock poet of the 1960s, and Glaser used his famous name as a typographically innovative design feature on the poster. In addition, by pairing a bold, black profile inspired by Marcel Duchamp's self-portrait silhouette with bright-colored writhing curves reminiscent of psychedelic rock posters, Glaser merged West Coast exuberance with pared-down East Coast stylization. According to some reports, six million copies were distributed, and the Dylan poster has been spotted in such remote areas as a hut in the Amazon rain forest.

Object Details

Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Artist
Milton Glaser, 26 Jun 1929 - 26 Jun 2020
Sitter
Bob Dylan, born 24 May 1941
Date
1966
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Medium
Color photolithograph with halftone
Dimensions
Image/Sheet: 83.8 x 55.8cm (33 x 21 15/16")
Mount: 87.6 x 59.7cm (34 1/2 x 23 1/2")
Board: 87.6 x 59.7cm (34 1/2 x 23 1/2")
A to G Depth: 7/8"
Type
Print