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Title

Sideshow in Burlesco, Nimrod

1979
printed 1982

Artist

Martin Sharp

Australia

21 Jan 1942 – 01 Dec 2013

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  • Details

    Dates
    1979
    printed 1982
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    screenprint, printed in red, green and tan ink from three stencils
    Edition
    450/1000
    Dimensions
    109.5 x 45.3 cm image/sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r., black fibre-tipped pen "Martin Sharp". Dated bot.c., black fibre-tipped pen "2.12.82".

    Credit
    Gift of Peter Kingston 2014. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    225.2014
    Copyright
    © Estate of Martin Sharp. Copyright Agency
    Artist information
    Martin Sharp

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    Martin Sharp established a strong reputation for the originality and impact of his graphics whilst living in London during the 1960s, where he designed psychedelic posters and album covers for musicians and bands including Bob Dylan and Cream. Returning to Australia in 1972, he became more widely-known in Sydney for his establishment of The Yellow House artist's collective in Kings Cross, his role in the restoration of Luna Park and for his passionate championing of US singer Tiny Tim.

    During the 1970s and 1980s Sharp was commissioned to design posters for Sydney's Nimrod Theatre. The latter, founded in 1970 by John Bell, Richard Wherrett and Ken Horler acquired a reputation during the 1970s as a home for exciting and innovative drama by a new generation of Australian playwrights.

    First published individually during this period, this poster and six others were reprinted as a set in 1982 as a fund-raiser for the theatre. Six of the posters were designed to promote productions (this poster 'Sideshow in Burlesco, Nimrod' promoted the cabaret of that name devised by Martin Raphael and Michael Matou for Nimrod), while another was created to mark the 10th anniversary of Nimrod's establishment as a theatre.

    For this 1982 (second) edition of the posters, new stencils were made and the posters were printed on higher quality paper than the original print run. Sharp also created sets and costumes for a number of Nimrod productions but is best known for the posters he produced.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

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