Posts Tagged ‘Shepard Fairey’
Dedication. What you can't see is the George W. Bush tatt it's covering up...
Beginning in the 1970s, legendary NYC street photographer MARTHA COOPER captured some of the most indelible images of the vibrant upstart Hip Hop culture of pre-reconstruction Manhattan. Her massive body of color photographs documents the most crucial movers and innovators of the era, from the then-burgeoning realms of bombing, breaking, rapping, alongside everyday peeps straight-up bugging out on the block. Snapshots of what already seems like a long-bygone era when downtown was still a dirty word, rats had the right-of-way, and curb culture wasn't yet a marketing tool are reminders of the true meaning of early Hip Hop and the power and innovation of youth culture the likes of which we might not see for some time. Currently on display at SHEPARD FAIREY's Echo Park gallery, SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS is "Street Shots," a must-see selection of some of Cooper's greatest hits with visuals so vivid the sounds and smells of the era almost leap from the prints. And that’s a good thing. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
As if SHEPARD FAIREY's inclusive "Manifest Hope DC" art show honoring still-President Elect BARACK OBAMA's epic inauguration tomorrow needed any more heat, his crew of celeb homies showed up in full force to show their support in frigid DC. Rounding out the nite were rockers MOBY and MICHAEL STIPE, alongside actors JOAQUIN PHOENIX (chugging two beers at a time), HEATHER GRAHAM, CASEY AFFLEK, and ROSARIO DAWSON who all attested to the Big O's greatness before digging on intimate performances by hipster elite SANTOGOLD and OG hip hop legends DE LA SOUL. Of course Supertouch buddy and "Manifest Hope"/Obama Campaign artist TRISTAN EATON was on hand to chronicle the debauchery, the least of which we can show you here. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
In honor of his historic induction into the Smithsonian Museum's National Portrait Gallery on Saturday, today's MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY homage comes from Supertouch's own SHEPARD FAIREY. Being the global art phenomenon that he is, Shepard was also asked by the search engine gangsters at GOOGLE to design their MLK banner for today. Have a LOOK.
Shepard Fairey's criminal record has been officially wiped clean... As momentous an occasion in the world of underground art—albeit on a much smaller scale—as BARACK OBAMA's victory on the national stage was the induction of presidential propagandist SHEPARD FAIREY's portrait of our new leader into the NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY at the SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM on Saturday. The first official portrait of the president-to-be recognized in an American cultural institution, Shepard's image shatters the barriers of acceptability of the so-called worlds of "underground" and "street" art to catapult one of its foremost talents to the hallowed halls of history, and forever brightening the school field trips of young museum goers in the process. It's a brave new world out there people, art world 2.0 begins now. HAVE A LOOK:Read More
Just in time to celebrate President-Elect BARACK OBAMA's upcoming inauguration on January 20th, the SHEPARD FAIREY-organized MANIFEST HOPE DC art show (in collaboration with MoveOn.org) has opened its doors to the public in the nation's capitol. An extension of the original "Manifest Hope" show last year at the Democratic National Convention, this year's installment enjoys the distinction of celebrating a hard-won change instead of stating the case for it. Featuring original artwork by a diverse array of artists including Shepard Fairey, Tim Biskup, Tristan Eaton, Ron English, David Choe, Maya Hayuk, Andy Howell, Chris Pastras, HAZE, Travis Millard, House Industries, HVW8, Zoltron, JK5, Justin Hampton, Robbie Conal, and Sam Flores, the inclusive show is intended to reflect the grassroots movement that helped propel Obama to unheard of stratospheric heights. HAVE A LOOK:Read More
Our boy, Supertouch's own SHEPARD FAIREY made it...
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...
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.
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.