DC///NEWS///SHEPARD FAIREY’S OBAMA PORTRAIT INDUCTED INTO THE SMITHSONIAN’S NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

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Shepard Fairey's criminal record has been officially wiped clean...

As momentous an occasion in the world of underground art—albeit on a much smaller scale—as BARACK OBAMA's victory on the national stage was the induction of presidential propagandist SHEPARD FAIREY's portrait of our new leader into the NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY at the SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM on Saturday. The first official portrait of the president-to-be recognized in an American cultural institution, Shepard's image shatters the barriers of acceptability of the so-called worlds of "underground" and "street" art to catapult one of its foremost talents to the hallowed halls of history, and forever brightening the school field trips of young museum goers in the process. It's a brave new world out there people, art world 2.0 begins now. HAVE A LOOK:

All photos by Cliff/Nostri Imago...

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Shep drops trou on his beacon of Hope...

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"What!"...

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Following the unveiling Shepard regaled the crowd with a 3 1/2 hour acceptance speech thanking every rock band he's ever listened to...

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Shep's better half Amanda stunned the crowd on her own...

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Shep pauses to bathe in the glory...

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...before being immediately whisked off to jail by DC's finest.

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The niblets were nice, though...


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