Miles Davis Handbill

Miles Davis Handbill
  • Miles Davis Handbill
David Singer was a collage artist, but BG279 and BG280 represented his experimentation with freehand drawing. The experiment was clearly a success, and this swooping, linear sketch, Oriental in flavor, was striking. In this poster, a male, moon-reference figure topped a Samuri-style figure. Closer examination revealed an eagle, and the Samuri became the man's cloak. BG279 is also notable because Miles Davis, in his third appearance at Fillmore West, achieved top billing.
Print Variations
The handbill was printed once before the concert. It displays some significant color variation, the background ranging from yellow to orange throughout the print run. It presents a calendar of upcoming Bill Graham events on the reverse and measures 4 5/8" x 7".
There were also some pre-concert double-sized postcard mailers printed that were conjoined with the BG280 image (see BG279/280). They measure 9 1/4" x 7".
About David Singer
During his Fillmore era, from 1969-1971, Singer created more posters for Graham than any other artist. Singer's posters are notable for his use of collage, incorporating thousands of images clipped from magazines spanning several decades. He developed a format that included a stunning variety of lettering styles, applying them in close relation to the theme or subject of a poster.