FEATURE///IN THE STUDIO WITH SHEPARD FAIREY AS HE PREPARES FOR DEITCH GALLERY’S CLOSING SHOW
Shep needs love, and pays graphic homage to one of downtown NYC's foremost artistic forebears...
By now it's no secret that JEFFREY DEITCH is closing shop in downtown NYC to head West for the sunnier confines of the MoCA Director's office, starting June 1st. That leaves SHEPARD FAIREY's upcoming portrait show as the farewell exhibition at one of the city's most legendary and influential commercial art institutions in the city's history. And that's saying a lot, given SoHo's storied art legacy. As Shepard toils away in his LA painting studio logging long hours behind the spray can and paintbrush, DEITCH PROJECTS ST's own Jamie O'Shea dropped by the spot for an exclusive look at the work in progress (portraits of artists, musicians, gurus, and politicians), easily some of his finest to date. Since we couldn't reveal most of the new works in full, cropped eye shots of the large canvases will have to do for now. Stay tuned to ST for a comprehensive first look as May draws near. Meanwhile, HAVE A LOOK:
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