The ARTROCK Collection

A new addition to the inventory of Classic Posters is the art of modern poster artists Emek, Derek Hess, and Mark Arminski. Our Modern Poster Index is being developed now and will soon be online.

Punk rocker and poet Henry Rollins dubbed Emek “the thinking man's poster artist.” In Emek’s posters, psychedelic 60s imagery collides with 90s post-industrial iconography. Emek posters have advertised performances by B.B. King, the Beastie Boys, Pearl Jam, Radiohead, Marilyn Manson, and Neil Young. Over the last decade, Emek’s work has been shown in galleries across the United States, and in Berlin, London, and Tokyo.

Performers from Iggy Pop to Joan Baez to the Smashing Pumpkins have commissioned Mark Arminski to design concert posters and handbills for their live shows. Arminski’s silk-screened and printed posters, album covers, and event handbills bridge the generational gap between 60s psychedelic and 90s grunge sensibilities in rock art.

Cleveland-based artist Derek Hess has tested the waters of both the music and art world with posters for bands such as Pantera, Pink Floyd, and Pearl Jam. Hess also created CD covers for bands like Motion City Soundtrack and Unearth. He has been featured on television shows and in magazines—MTV, Fuse, VH1, Alternative Press, and Juxtapoz.

The PCL, or Phil Cushway Litho series began in 1988 and is comprised of well over 200 different images. A great number of these posters were created by the late Gary Grimshaw as Art Director for Artrock at the time. We are pleased to offer many pieces designed and signed by Grimshaw, who happens to be one of our favorite artists.


Posters and Handbills Featuring The ARTROCK Collection

image date cat. no. venue artist for sale
12/14/71
06/06/86
06/21/86
05/12/86
09/13/86

Performers:

R.E.M.
01/01/86

Performers:

The Damned
01/02/86

Performers:

The Cult
01/03/86

Performers:

Public Image Ltd.
01/01/87

Performers:

None
09/22/87

Performers:

The Grateful Dead
12/31/87

Performers:

The Grateful Dead
01/01/87

Performers:

David Bowie
09/13/87

Performers:

New Order
09/22/80

Performers:

Iggy Pop
02/24/68
07/05/68
01/01/88

Performers:

Led Zeppelin
01/01/89

Performers:

R.E.M.
07/19/89
01/01/89

Performers:

The Beatles
08/10/89

Performers:

Pixies
01/01/89

Performers:

The Who
10/23/89

Performers:

The Who
10/31/89

Performers:

The Cramps
06/21/89

Performers:

The Who
01/02/90

Performers:

Love Tractor
The B-52's
05/28/90

Performers:

Depeche Mode
04/13/90

Performers:

Madonna
01/01/90

Performers:

The Doors
01/03/90

Performers:

The Beatles
02/05/91

Performers:

Eric Clapton
01/04/91

Performers:

Jim Morrison
The Doors
01/01/90

Performers:

The Cure
01/01/91

Performers:

Led Zeppelin
02/11/64

Performers:

The Beatles
08/13/94
10/25/94

Performers:

L7
The Melvins
Wool
12/11/94
01/17/90

Performers:

The Who
05/23/66

Performers:

The Doors
02/24/95

Performers:

The Grateful Dead
03/06/95

Performers:

Pantera
Wig
01/12/95

Performers:

Led Zeppelin
Wig
03/21/95
03/31/95

Performers:

Morphine
04/12/95
04/14/95

Performers:

Guided by Voices
04/17/95

Performers:

Guided by Voices
05/12/95
06/10/95

Performers:

Juliana Hatfield
04/29/95

Performers:

Motocaster
Royal Trux
06/30/65

Performers:

The Beatles
10/07/95

Performers:

Jimmy Page
Robert Plant
05/19/95
05/19/95

Performers:

The Grateful Dead
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