FEATURE///IN THE STUDIO WITH SHEPARD FAIREY AS HE PREPARES FOR DEITCH GALLERY’S CLOSING SHOW

February 2, 2010  |  art, Feature, Graffiti, LA, Shepard Fairey, Street Cred  |  Comments Off

SHEPVRRISIT1 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.

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EDITORIAL: “THE MEDIUM IS THE MESSAGE: SHEPARD FAIREY AND THE ART OF APPROPRIATION”

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THE MEDIUM IS THE MESSAGE:

SHEPARD FAIREY AND THE ART OF APPROPRIATION

As underground art phenomenon SHEPARD FAIREY’s first major museum retrospective prepares to open at the INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART/BOSTON on February 6th, we feel the need to address some of the vicious and unfounded rumors surrounding the originality of Shepard’s artwork that have been floated online in recent years. Though written by a variety of different detractors for a questionable array of reasons, the common thread binding them all—aside from a thinly masked veneer of obvious envy in most cases—is a nearly ubiquitous lack of understanding of the artist’s use of appropriated imagery in his work and the longstanding historical precedent for this mode of creative expression.

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LA///BILLBOARD LIBERATION///SKULL PHONE GOES SKY HIGH IN ECHO PARK

January 31, 2009  |  art, Billboard Liberation, Graffiti, LA, News, Street Cred  |  Comments Off

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"Objects in mirror appear closer than they actually are..."

Mobile communications-loving street artist SKULLPHONE went sky high in Echo Park last week when this aerial homage to his billboard hijacking rampage in Hollywood last summer. Anyone who blinked missed it, of course. It was buffed less than 24 hours later. Keep your eyes peeled for more "interventions" coming soon...
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SK8 THING///PRINTED MATTER///SKATE BOOK VOL 3 FEATURING BART SIMPSON

January 21, 2009  |  News, Product Toss, Reviews, SK8 THING, Street Cred, Street Life  |  Comments Off

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"El Barto" kickflips the leap of faith... 

One of the skate world's best-kept secrets is the ultra-collectible but hard to find SKATE BOOK. A 350+ page hardcover "mag," from the minds of skaters SALMAN AGAH and MIKE BALLARD, the refreshingly formatted quarterly periodical is a welcome departure from the copycat skate mags that could once call themselves cutting-edge. Featuring beautiful photography and in-depth articles, Skate Book embraces several themes and riders per issue, delving deep into each in a timeless manner befitting the magazine's hard cover status. Volume 3 is a must-have featuring lengthy profiles on OG pro and Supertouch homie LANCE MOUNTAIN, vintage skate stickers, and cover boy BART SIMPSON who was illustrated especially for the issue in a series of spreads depicting "El Barto" ripping hard across legendary SoCal spots like Carlsbad, Hollywood High, and the Sunset Carwash Gap. Available for the bargain price of $19.95, you can find copies in person at BARRACUDA LA, or online HERE (subscriptions are only $49.95 for 4 issues). Meanwhile, HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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NEWS///SHEPARD FAIREY DOES THE COLBERT REPORT

January 14, 2009  |  Graffiti, News, Shepard Fairey, Street Art, Street Cred  |  Comments Off

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Even at his peak ol' Shep will be hard pressed to create a better Colbert portrait than this here...

If this doesn't qualify as breaking the seventh seal of the apocalypse, we're not sure what does. This Thursday, January 15th at 11:30 pm EST, underground art star and GQ Artist of the Year 2008/First Artist-elect SHEPARD FAIREY goes big on THE COLBERT REPORT to discuss the finer points of presidential portraiture, street cred, and breaking the law in the name of art. Of course, being fellow alumni of Charleston, South Carolina's Porter-Gaud School, the two will no doubt have many a tale of high school debauchery to reminisce over. Fanboys and girls who hit the sack by 10pm can catch the replay this Friday at 10:30 am, 2:30 pm, and 8:30 pm EST. Don't sleep...

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FEATURE///POLITIKS///SHEPARD FAIREY ON OBAMA: THE SUPERTOUCH INTERVIEW

November 3, 2008  |  art, Feature, News, Obama, Politiks, Shepard Fairey, Street Art, Street Cred  |  Comments Off

shepfobammma1.jpg 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.

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WTF?!? FILES///GAMING 2.0///THE REAL GRAND THEFT AUTO IV…

April 30, 2008  |  News, Street Cred, Street Life, Video Games, WTF???  |  Comments Off

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ROCKSTAR GAMES' fourth installment in the GRAND THEFT AUTO franchise dropped yesterday to over a million pre-orders (at $60 a pop, mind you, do the math), but for one hard charging 7-year-old, the game's got nothin' on real life...

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LONDON///BANKSY UNMASKED???…

November 5, 2007  |  art, Art Crimes, Banksy, Graffiti, London, News, Street Art, Street Cred, Street Life, WTF???  |  Comments Off

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THE LONDONIST is reporting that these photos it posted in recent days are of none other than the art world's most wanted man himself, BANKSY, live in action painting his most recent creation on a wall in Bethnal Green in East London last week. Is it our boy, or just a hapless helper? Only time (and snitches) will tell...

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