FIRST LOOK | SHEPARD FAIREY’S PRINTED MATTERS AT LIBRARY STREET COLLECTIVE, DETROIT

May 26, 2015  |  Streets

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At this point, the world’s most prolific street artist needs no introduction or analysis. Simply put, Shepard Fairey is the AC/DC of street art;  the Metallica of Graffiti; the Taylor Swift of streetwear. His fan base is legion, and at a time when he could do a show anywhere in the world, it’s nice to see the elder statesman bringing his newest collection of work, the beautifully executed Printed Matters, to Detroit’s esteemed Library Street Collective where director Matt Eaton has just opened a second space located in the local  art hotspot, The Belt. For Printed Matters, Shep has collected an array of his most poignant imagery of the past 10 years and reproduced it in a series of different prints on wood, metal, and paper to create a sort of mini-retrospective in various media that reads like a visual Greatest Hits album. Of course, Detroit treated Shep to the rock star reception he’s accustomed to and after being whipped into a frenzy by the series of murals—including Fairey’s largest ever on the former Compuware HQ building—executed in the week leading up to the show’s opening last Friday, his fans turned out in the thousands, shutting down The Belt and spilling into the streets in a part of town where 10 years ago, hipsters would be sliced, diced, and sold for meat to the locals…

Additional photos by Sal Rodriguez

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Portrait of the artist as a semi-young man by Sal Rodriguez

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Ladies still love cool Shep…

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