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Bob Dylan

Image for Bob Dylan
Smithsonian Museum
National Portrait Gallery
Description
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.
Artist
Milton Glaser, born 26 Jun 1929
Sitter
Bob Dylan, born 24 May 1941
Date
1966
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Medium
Color photolithographic poster 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
Topic
Poster
Silhouette
Bob Dylan: Male
Bob Dylan: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Rock
Bob Dylan: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Folk
Bob Dylan: Pulitzer Prize
Bob Dylan: Legion of Honor
Bob Dylan: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Portrait
Restrictions & Rights
© Milton Glaser
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Place
United States\New York\Kings\New York
Object number
NPG.94.57