POLITIKS///FIRST LOOK: “MANIFEST HOPE DC” ART SHOW RINGS IN OBAMA INAUGURATION

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Shepard Fairey (with his new Obama art) addresses the crowd. Tim Biskup's cubist Obama...

Just in time to celebrate President-Elect BARACK OBAMA's upcoming inauguration on January 20th, the SHEPARD FAIREY-organized MANIFEST HOPE DC art show (in collaboration with MoveOn.org) has opened its doors to the public in the nation's capitol. An extension of the original "Manifest Hope" show last year at the Democratic National Convention, this year's installment enjoys the distinction of celebrating a hard-won change instead of stating the case for it. Featuring original artwork by a diverse array of artists including Shepard Fairey, Tim Biskup, Tristan Eaton, Ron English, David Choe, Maya Hayuk, Andy Howell, Chris Pastras, HAZE, Travis Millard, House Industries, HVW8, Zoltron, JK5, Justin Hampton, Robbie Conal, and Sam Flores, the inclusive show is intended to reflect the grassroots movement that helped propel Obama to unheard of stratospheric heights. HAVE A LOOK:

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Shepard Fairey explains how creating a winning presidential portrait can translate into lifetime vandal squad immunity...

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Shepard's ultimate Obama portrait...

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Ron English talks politiks...

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Inauguration uptowns...

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Thinking globally in front of Robbie Conal's "Watching, Waiting, Dreaming"...

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Tristan Eaton's symbolic portrait...

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(detail)

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Barack by David Choe...

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And pre-victory voting fixie...

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Jazzing things up...

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Tim Biskup's cubist Obama...

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Michelle Obama's fantasy...

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Ron English's diamond dust Obama...

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Sam Flores' urban vision...

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"Homeland Security Blanket"...

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Presidential love affair...

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Photos by John Whitlock, Eddie Codel, and Margaret Coble...

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