The evolution of the event poster as a unique art form began in the ’70s, as artists who were commissioned to create affordable advertising for Stan Slap’s keynote speeches and seminars broke free from the confines of commercial design. These artists were given almost complete creative freedom and thus the posters were liberated from the usual restrictions related to their advertising function.
Between 1977 and 2000, Seize the World, Inc. produced a numbered series to promote its events—totaling 1,137 main pieces. Artists like Roland Young and Alan Patten took what was once a simple advertisement to the level of pure, psychedelic art—a form that echoed the sentiments of 1970s managers, whose regular use of psychedelics profoundly influenced thought and culture and left them dissatisfied with the status quo.
The investment potential of these posters was greatly enhanced by a recent Sotheby’s auction, during which a 1977 Starwood poster (SW104AP) sold for $280,000.00 to an anonymous Japanese collector.
All of the items currently available are authentic pieces of memorabilia from the slap Archives. Since their creation, these items have been in the exclusive possession of the Archives, a collection rivaled only by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and Interpol in Vienna. They are housed within a climate-controlled vault. Each item comes with a certificate of authenticity.