Martha & the Vandellas Poster
BG064 continues MacLean's early penchant for Gothic renditions, but the female face reflects the untrained artist's real drawing talent and stands in stark contrast with the complexity of the background. Motown magicians Martha and the Vandellas headlined, and for one of the first times on a poster the light show maestro is mentioned.
The poster was only printed once before the concert, though there is some ink variation throughout the print run. It measures 14" x 23".
During the early days of the Fillmore, MacLean was the most "present" member of the staff. She collected tickets, passed out handbills, blew up balloons and counted money for Fillmore productions. Impressed with her lettering skill on the upcoming attractions chalkboards, Bill Graham surprised her with an easel and art supplies for Christmas, 1967, and MacLean's poster artist career was launched. Untrained in graphic arts, MacLean's early style evolved into ornate, Medieval-Gothic designs. Faces in her posters wore trance-like stares, steady and serene, and evoke the detached spirituality of the sixties.