NEWS///POLITIKS///SMITHSONIAN IN TALKS TO ACQUIRE SHEPARD FAIREY OBAMA PORTRAIT

November 13, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, News, Obama, Politiks, Shepard Fairey

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Barry O lookin smooth in Denver...

If the SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION has its way, a giant fine art version of SHEPARD FAIREY's iconic portrait of the now-president elect BARACK OBAMA will enter the collection of its NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY as the first official fine art rendering of the future president. The only hitch? Money. The $75,000 price tag for the piece, which was created by Fairey as the centerpiece of his "Manifest Hope" Obama art show that took place in Denver during this year's DNC, must be raised through donations, though word on the street is that the museum is close to meeting this figure. As if having a street artist with a criminal record branding a presidential campaign weren't enough, this move can definitely be filed under the headers of "Hope," and "Progress."

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Shepard Fairey is now unarrestable. No personal security detail yet, though...

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