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Skolnick, Woodstock Fortieth Anniversary 2009

 

A look back at our 40th Anniversary Woodstock Party with artist Arnold Skolnick

With the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock now upon us, I revisited the photos from our 40th Anniversary Celebration at the gallery 10 years ago today.  We were joined by Arnold Skolnick, the artist of the famous poster, who graciously signed a stash of original Woodstock trolley format posters for our clients.

Arnold Skolnick, Woodstock, 1969

Arnold Skolnick signs an original trolley format Woodstock poster

We still have a few unsigned trolley format posters at $1500 and one signed large format poster at $3000. Check out the website or call us for details!

Woodstock attendees reunited after 40 years

4 clients who attended Woodstock

Four Woodstock attendees shared their stories

Amongst our 100+ attendees were 4 of our clients who had all been at Woodstock – one actually helped build the stage before the event and spent time with the Grateful Dead, who arrived several days early.  He showed us his uncashed paycheck from the Woodstock Corporation, intact all these years due to the corporation’s bankruptcy after the event.

The 40th Anniversary limited edition silkscreen

Arnold Skolnick signs the Woodstock 40th Anniversary poster 

Arnold also designed a beautiful limited edition silkscreen poster for the 40th Anniversary. The poster shows the Woodstock dove atop a subtle color field with a running line of text, like a ticker tape, that recalls the dreams (Age of Aquarius, Civil Rights) as well as the nightmares of the decade (Viet Nam, Kennedy Assassination) that the peaceful event rose above.  Understated and elegant, it is a fitting tribute to a turbulent era and an event that helped to define it. Hand signed, it is available at $250, and now ON SALE for the week at $200.

 

Arnold Skolnick with the IPG team for the 40th Anniversary party

After attending Pratt Institute, Arnold became a very successful creative at Young & Rubicam, a leading New York advertising agency in the ’60s. He regaled us with wild stories ala Mad Men about the field in the turbulent era.  The Woodstock poster was done freelance.

A fitting image of the maestro in front of a poster by another maestro, Herbert Leupin:

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