Posts Tagged ‘Shepard Fairey’
It's been a massive year for Supertouch's own SHEPARD FAIREY who proved—incredibly—that a street artist with a lengthy arrest record could indeed brand the most revolutionary presidential campaign of modern times with iconic imagery born of the underground. Now, against seemingly even greater odds (and we mean bigger odds than being named one of GQ Magazine's "Men of the Year"), Shep's created the cover art for TIME MAGAZINE's new PERSON OF THE YEAR issue featuring President Elect BARACK OBAMA that also features a hilarious & long-lost photo shoot with the Big O during his college years in the '80s. In the words of Time: "Our cover portrait is by the street artist Shepard Fairey, whose roots are in the skateboarding world and whose early poster of then Senator Obama became the great populist image of the campaign. With this cover, Fairey has now created a new iconic image of the President-elect — a rich, multilayered poster that echoes but then expands on his original." Click HERE to read the interview.
Artistic comrades-in-arms and emissaries of Franco-American relations SHEPARD FAIREY & WK INTERACT were literally some of the busiest artists on the streets in Miami last week at ART BASEL. While both were represented by galleries at several fairs, the pair also managed to get extremely busy in the streets, posting up large-scale pieces throughout the Wynwood district with Shepard's installations featuring political imagery from his recent Shooting Gallery SF show, while Frenchman WK illustrated a monochromatic futuristic-cops-and robbers scenario gone wrong. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
You can stop rubbing your eyes now, you read that headline correctly. That's right, miraculous as it may seem, Supertouch's own SHEPARD FAIREY was named one of GQ MAGAZINE's "Men of the Year." Selected for his Obama campaign artwork that helped push the Big O to the finish line the grimy wheatpaste street rat is now rubbing elbows with other men of the year Barack Obama, Leo DiCaprio, Micahel Phelps, and Sean Penn. Looks like Shep's gonna have to step up his couture game and fast. Don't think those Ramones shirts are gonna cut it anymore, buddy...
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.
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
Yeah, you read that correctly. Last week a newly reunited, totally OG lineup of legendary LA band JANE'S ADDITION played the hipster hotspot LA CITA as part of DANCERIGHT for a capacity crowd of 200 lucky fans. Joining the band for the first time since their breakup in 1991 was founding bassist Eric Avery whose role had been filled by Flea and Mike Watt in previous reunions. Playing a set that drew heavily on the band's earliest material including several songs from the first live album "xxx," including "Whores," "Trip Away," and "One Percent," the quartet gave the kids a glimpse of the fury that was once the most formidable and influential band of its era. A straight-ahead Mexican cantina during the week, La Cita's innate "Tijuana Modern" decor provided the perfect backdrop for the boys, with Christmas lights and religious iconography straight from the "Ritual de lo Habitual" aesthetic playbook. Of course Danceright mainstay SHEPARD FAIREY warmed up the crowd as "DJ Diabetic," and provided the highly coveted poster art for the gig. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
As the once underground world of “street art” continues its triumphant march through the public consciousness as the aesthetic zeitgeist of our times, mainstream media has played the enabler, documenting the phenomenon’s rise at every turn. This week sees the NEW YORK TIMES’ astute MELENA RYZIK following Supertouch’s own SHEPARD FAIREY through his recent bombing run in San Francisco in support of his current “Duality of Humanity” show at WHITE WALLS gallery, chronicling the aging and undisputed king wheatpaster on what must be one of his last big city runs. READ ON: Read More
Last nite’s opening of SHEPARD FAIREY’s new sold-out solo show “Duality of Humanity” at WHITE WALLS GALLERY confirms beyond a shadow of a doubt that the so-called street artist is officially bringing in hot chicks from outta town as ringer “fans” to his exhibitions. In a city with the highest hags-per-capita rating in the nation (the highest number of unshaven and dreadlocked females snagged the #2 spot), there was simply no other viable explanation for the unreal presence of hot female art lovers in a city that literally has four, maybe five hot girls—tops—residing within the city limits. Can it possibly be that this middle-aged, married father of two has what it takes to drive the young ladies wild with his sexy stencil and wheatpasting chops? We think not, but if—by some strange miracle—it’s true, imagine what he could do with openings in similarly hottie-deficient cities like Portland & Seattle. Did we mention that this new work is all about war & rock ‘n’ roll and that literally every one of the 100+ pieces was sold out before the doors even cracked to the public? HAVE A LOOK: Read More