Posts Tagged ‘Shepard Fairey’

TV///SHEPARD FAIREY ON THE COLBERT REPORT

January 16, 2009  |  Graffiti, News, Shepard Fairey, Street Art, Video  |  Comments Off

Our boy, Supertouch's own SHEPARD FAIREY made it...

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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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POLITIKS///SHEPARD FAIREY CREATES OBAMA INAGURATION POSTER & HAS PORTRAIT ACQUIRED BY THE SMITHSONIAN

January 8, 2009  |  art, News, Obama, Politiks, Shepard Fairey  |  Comments Off

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Today the NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY at the SMITHSONIAN announced it has officially acquired SHEPARD FAIREY's large-scale fine art portrait of President Elect BARACK OBAMA as part of its permanent collection. Shepard's massive mixed media image based on the artist's ubiquitous campaign iconography was created for display at 2008's DNC and the institution's acquisition of the work makes it the first official portrait of the president-to-be, an incredibly historical moment in the realm of underground art. In an announcement today, National Portrait Gallery director Martin E. Sullivan declared that the Obama portrait was “an emblem of a significant election, as well as a new presidency.” Fittingly, the artwork is slated to go on display on January 20th, Inauguration Day. Speaking of Inauguration Day, Fairey was personally tapped by Obama to create a new poster commemorating the forthcoming occasion which officially released for sale today HERE. We're not sure if buying an Obama poster officially counts as "economic stimulus" but it's probably a good way to start.

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Shepard's Obama portrait on display at the DNC in 2008...

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The First Artist-to-be with wifie Amanda and the Big O...

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NEWS///ART & POLITIKS///SHEPARD FAIREY CREATES OBAMA COVER FOR NEW TIME MAG “PERSON OF THE YEAR” ISSUE

December 17, 2008  |  art, Graffiti, News, Obama, Politiks, Shepard Fairey, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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Shep's Obama "Person of the Year" update...

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.

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Barry O's '80s moment...


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MIAMI///STREET LIFE///SHEPARD FAIREY & WK INTERACT GO BIG AT ART BASEL

December 8, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Art Basel, Graffiti, News, Shepard Fairey, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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Guns on the streets in Miami...

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

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NEWS///WTF?!? FILES///SHEPARD FAIREY NAMED GQ MAN OF THE YEAR

November 26, 2008  |  art, News, Shepard Fairey, WTF???  |  Comments Off

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"Yo, just don't forget about that 'First Artist' cabinet appointment you promised me!"

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...

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NEWS///POLITIKS///SMITHSONIAN IN TALKS TO ACQUIRE SHEPARD FAIREY OBAMA PORTRAIT

November 13, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, News, Obama, Politiks, Shepard Fairey  |  Comments Off

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Barry O lookin smooth in Denver...

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."

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Shepard Fairey is now unarrestable. No personal security detail yet, though...

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NEWS///POLITIKS///SHEPARD FAIREY CELEBRATES OBAMA WIN AND GOES BIG ON CBS NEWS

November 11, 2008  |  art, News, Obama, Politiks, Shepard Fairey  |  Comments Off

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It was a long wait to get that word on there...

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.

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LA///POLITIKS///THE TUESDAY NITE THROWDOWN

November 3, 2008  |  LA, News, Obama, Politiks, Shepard Fairey  |  Comments Off

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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

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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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