Above and beyond sharing 2/3 of my initials, John Van Hamersveld produced some of the most iconic and recognizable pop art of the ’60s and ’70s, including the movie poster art for Endless Summer, the The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour LP cover art, the Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street album cover, and much more. Any one of those three projects is enough to secure a place in graphic design fame, I should think. And if not, consider that he did the original trademark for Star Wars, even if they did change it up a bit before settling on the final one. If you’re still not convinced, he’s also done covers for Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, KISS, Blondie, not to mention an iconic image of Jimi Hendrix that everyone bites. Unfortunately, I can’t make it to the opening party, but I’m hoping to visit Subliminal Projects this weekend, with a bit of luck. His exhibit runs until April 4th.


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