POLITIKS///OBAMA LAUNCHES “ARTISTS FOR OBAMA” CAMPAIGN…
Following the runaway success of SHEPARD FAIREY's first run of promo campaign posters for BARACK OBAMA (and a personally written thank you note from the candidate himself), the presidential hopeful has just launched the official "ARTISTS FOR OBAMA" series of campaign posters beginning with a newly created image by Shepard titled "Change." Available as a limited-edition run of 5000 posters on Obama's official campaign site, the entire purchase price of $70 goes towards Obama's election fund. Amazing that one of the most notorious "vandals" in the history of street art is now seated at the right arm of the Democrat's best hope for a political comeback, no? At least if Barack wins Shepard is virtually guaranteed a universal "get out of jail free" card for the rest of his art career. Of course, the title of "First Artist" wouldn't be a bad reward either...
FROM OBAMA'S SITE:
We are launching the Artists for Obama gallery with limited editions of "CHANGE" created by contemporary artist Shepard Fairey. Look for additional limited addition prints in this section in the days ahead. This print is 24 X 36, edition of 5000. All purchases made on the Artist for Obama Gallery are 100% contributions to the campaign and count toward your overall contribution limit of $2300. Contributions are not tax deductible for federal income tax purposes.
SHEPARD FAIREY ON THE PROJECT:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I wanted to make an art piece of Barack Obama because I thought an iconic portrait of him could symbolize and amplify the importance of his mission. I believe Obama will guide this country to a future where everyone can thrive and I should support him vigorously for the sake of my two young daughters. I have made art opposing the Iraq war for several years, and making art of Obama, who opposed the war from the start, is like making art for peace. I know I have an audience of young art fans and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m delighted if I can encourage them to see the merits of Barack Obama.Ã¢â‚¬Â
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