Ninth Wave handbill, black on white. Two side-by-side. Unfortunately one is very stained. The other is clean. 7 x 10.25 inches.
The poster was produced to advertise and commemorate Rick Griffin's solo show at the Psychedelic Solution Gallery in New York in 1986 (opening October 30, 1986) The imagery is remarkable. In almost illegible lettering, the words "graphic tsunami" dominate the poster - a tidal wave of India ink inundating New York City. The concept of the "ninth wave" comes from the belief or observation that every ninth wave is larger than the other intervening waves, so surfers will often pass on decent waves, waiting for the larger Ninth Wave. Rick Griffin's art was indeed the Ninth Wave of psychedelic art.
ITOYA STAINED = it got wet while in an archival art portfolio made by Itoya. The black backing sheets bled onto the art leaving dark purple stains. If the picture doesn't show much stain, then the back is probably worse. The stain can be reduced by soaking in water and rinsing several times, but this is risky, some papers may not survive at all. I can't bear to put them in the recycling bin, so here they are (search under ITOYA STAINED)