Throughout the seemingly endless sea of imagery, from good to bad, high to low, one of the most consistent themes of this year’s ART BASEL was none other than President #44-to-be, BARACK OBAMA, by a slew of artists no doubt hoping to cash in on some of the last vestiges of hope most Americans have left to cling to. Here’s a brief recap of some of the visual homages. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
It’s hard to believe it’s already been two weeks since BARACK OBAMA sent the sexy Sarah Palin train off the rails, and last nite he gave his first interview as President Elect on OG news institution 60 MINUTES. Download a podcast HERE. Most importantly, hang onto your pennies and keep your fingers crossed…
Painting prodigy/acid traveler/psychedelic visionary ALEX GREY celebrated BARACK OBAMA‘s groundbreaking victory by depicting the president elect’s “universal mind” in a new portrait now on display at Grey’s personal museum in NYC, the CHAPEL OF SACRED MIRRORS. Given Obama’s admittedly “experimental” teenage years, we think a more apt homage could not be had. For a step-by-step look at the work’s creation, READ ON: Read More
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.”
BARACK OBAMA fans everywhere are still bathing in the afterglow of what seemed like an impossible victory last week for the man from Chicago. Outpourings of joy and support have been incredibly vocal, coast-to-coast, as the enormity of the accomplishment sets in. It’s a fact not lost on Obama’s campaign artist SHEPARD FAIREY, who has just created the two celebratory prints incorporating his celebrated Obama portrait art shown here. Printed in conjunction with MoveOn.org, the 24″ x 36″ prints are available now in a limited edition of 5,000, (both signed and unsigned) and can be purchased by clicking HERE. Meanwhile, as the rest of the news media was celebrating the enormity of Obama’s achievement, CBS NEWS took time out to interview the man behind the campaign artwork that proved an iconic image for the ultimate candidate of political change. We’re expecting Shepard’s appointment to the position of “First Artist” any day now…
In other OBAMA news, the first internet-savvy president elect has created a new website, Change.gov, to keep the public abreast of his day-to-day. We were expecting a twitter account, but it seems we’ll just have to wait.
Supertouch‘s resident Popagandist and billboard liberator RON ENGLISH put “Abraham Obama,” his incredibly unique hybrid portrait of BARACK OBAMA and ABRAHAM LINCOLN into play early in the Big O’s presidential campaign via a massive series of eye-catching posters wheatpasted, guerilla-style, across the walls of America’s urban centers. To commemorate the unique nature of today’s presidential election, MINDSTYLE TOYS has dropped their collaborative homage with Mr. English in the form of a gleaming white 16″ vinyl bust of “Abraham Obama,” sculpted by Vin Teng in a limited edition of 50 pieces. Retailing at $200 USD, the piece is available for order exclusively through Mindstyle.com. Don’t sleep. And more importantly, don’t forget to vote…
Be on the winning team and watch the results roll in Tuesday nite AFTER you vote at the HYATT CENTURY PLAZA HOTEL, 2025 Avenue of the Stars (@ Constellation Blvd) from 8pm—2am. Music by DJs Z-TRIP, SHEPARD FAIREY (aka: DJ DIABETIC), and JEREMY SOLE, and special guests including ZOOEY DESCHANEL, PETER FONDA, PIERCE BROSNAN, and SARAH SILVERMAN (along with a bunch of less sexy Democratic politicians).
If you want to attend, RSVP ASAP TO: http://ca.barackobama.com/electionnightla
Having provided the main image for the OBAMA campaign now recognized around the world, the influence of street & graphic artist SHEPARD FAIREY cannot be overstated. Having transcended the traditional boundaries of his chosen medium to create an image that united and inspired voters (and the presidential candidate himself) across lines of class, race, gender, and party, Fairey has achieved a truly monumental task in this race and inspired a generation of young people to become politically active in the process. A key element to the success of Obama's visual campaign was Fairey's mostly illegal dissemination tactics of wheatpasting posters on private and public property without permission, a sweet little twist in the side of the political machine that proved the artist's steadfast adherence to his streetwise principals remained intact. In doing so, he single-handedly inspired a nation of supporters to do the same and the Obama campaign has seen an outpouring of viral aesthetic support at a level never before realized by a political candidate. On the eve of tomorrow's presidential election, we spoke with Shepard about the relevance of his work for Obama and his thoughts on the shape of political things to come.Read More