Scarce Original Near Mint+ Condition HUGE (53"X 40")Banner Size Grateful Dead "Touché Gris" "GOD" 1988 Rick Griffin's controversial Rebel/Confederate Flag/ Religious masterpiece professionally custom gold carved wood framed, high end custom double matted "suede Textured" with red blaze & blueberry colored mats. The "glass" is museum grade UV protected Anti glare Plexi.
As close to perfect as you will ever find. There is NOT another in this amazing condition in the world.
Poster printing was very brief/cut short, and they were NOT printed in a smaller size, and because of political correctness & a negative uproar, the printing of these big beauties was scrapped almost immediately! This is a sure sole survivor in this superb condition. It's freakishly nice, lovingly large, and turns a room or bar, or office into WOW! Rick Griffin not only was one of the most revered 1960s psychedelic artists, he was a big time born again Christian, and many of his best works have religious symbolism. This unique piece is no exception!
Is very plain (Between the large "G" and "D" is the circular "O" formed around the skull & roses)! (No holes, bends, creases, tears, stains).
There are only maybe 5 of these huge banner size Griffin beautiful Grateful Dead posters known to exist, and none are even remotely close to being in this Near Mint+ fabulous museum quality shape. A much smaller Celluloid of. This ultra scarce highly collectible Original piece will only go UP UP UP in value!
It is most likely the RAREST EVER Grateful Dead Poster, & Rarest Rick Griffin poster in existence in this condition. A beyond scarce large collector's item for any serious Grateful Dead, Rick Griffin, or Psychedelic connoisseur.
I like it way too much! It'll only significantly increase in value, and is an investment. I will accept any SERIOUS collector's offer at, or NEAR the offer price. Was asked to produce an image for concert promotion on the Dead's October 1988 Southern Tour, with venues in Florida, New Orleans, and Texas. This colorful, American Civil War themed image incorporating elements of the Confederate flag was controversial in 1988, and even more so today so only a FEW were produced and almost NONE survived.
Rick's artistic idea was a play on the grey of the Confederate uniform and the band's popular song,' Touch Of Grey. (translated into the French as the tour was to visit New Orleans). The crossed sabres, as well as being a Civil War image is also a visual reference to the term "touché", used in sword fights/ fencing. The Stars & Bars Confederate Flag image was not something the ultra liberal San Francisco based Dead were known for.
It is said that there were no posters produced from this image just concert tee shirts, etc. , but that is dead wrong (a handful of these banner size beauties were produced 32 years ago). Touché Gris " is surely ONE OF A KIND in this Near Mint+ condition exquisitely professionally custom gold wood framed, and double matted with expensive custom crimson and "blueberry blue colored suede look matting. It's a museum quality piece! This one of a kind masterpiece is for.
I'm about 35 miles NW of NYC in Northern NJ. Feel very free to ask questions.