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American Artifact2009

The Rise of American Rock Poster Art

  • 3.9
AMERICAN ARTIFACT chronicles the rise of American rock poster art since its birth in the '60s. The film explores the history and rise of the current rock poster movement in America, featuring a cast of quirky, interesting and extremely talented rock poster artists talking about their work and telling the story of their underground art movement. Beginning in the 1960s in San Francisco with the birth of the dance concert, a rock poster accompanied almost every show that was put on during that era. Soon, people began pulling the posters off of the telephone poles almost as quickly as they were put up. In the '80s, flyers were done for punk shows on Xerox machines in local libraries. They were glued to buildings and phone poles surreptitiously at night by kids in the scene. Today, America is seeing a resurgence in this art form brought upon by the ease of screenprinting. This extraordinary film, which includes interviews with over thirty artists, takes the viewer on a journey through the different decades and incarnations of this rebellious art form (and spends time with) arguably some of the finest artists of this era talking about what inspired their truly American works of art.

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