It’s Andy Warhol’s Explosion! Exploding Plastic Inevitable.
SIGNED by Moe Tucker
Chrysler Art Museum, Provincetown, Massachusetts, August 31-September 4, 1966
Letterpress on coated poster board, 22 x 14 inches (55.9 x 35.6 cm), 26 x 18 inches framed (66.4 x 45.72 cm).
In September 1966, The Exploding Plastic Inevitable played at the Chrysler Art Museum. Steve Sesnick, who would later become the manager of The Velvet Underground after they were dropped by Warhol in 1967, arranged the dates. In addition to The Velvet Underground (Maureen Tucker, John Cale, Lou Reed and Sterling Morrison) and EPI regulars Gerard Malanga, Ronnie Cutrone, Mary Woronov, road manager Faison, Warhol assistant Paul Morrissey and Andy Warhol, the group also now included Susan Bottomly (aka International Velvet), her boyfriend, fashion illustrator David Croland - and Eric Emerson who stayed with Nico in Provincetown.
The Chrysler show is believed to be the show where the photo for the rear of the Velvet Underground’s debut album was taken from. Sterling Morrison is quoted in Richie Unterberger’s Velvet Underground book as saying that Warhol’s posters to this show were quickly stolen and resold…But we are unsure if he is actually referring to this show…Regardless, this visually striking poster is very rare.