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MAYDAY - The Art of Shepard Fairey
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Shepard Fairey:
The Art of Shepard Fairey
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The final exhibition before the closing of New York’s seminal Deitch Projects, MAYDAY is simultaneously a call for heightened awareness and a celebration of the rebirth embodied in revolutionary movements.
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MAYDAY — The Art of Shepard Fairey is published as a celebration of an evocative collection of paintings from one of the most important artists of our time. Portraits of advocates of the working class and oppressed define the collection. Fairey stakes the claim that artists, musicians and writers such as Joe Strummer, Jean Michel Basquiat and Cornel West all have parts to play in stimulating response to injustice.

With energy and urgency befitting the title MAYDAY, Fairey captures the radical spirit of his subjects, using portraiture to celebrate the artists, musicians and political activists he most admires. Says Fairey, “These people I’m portraying were all revolutionary, in one sense or another. They started out on the margins of culture and ended up changing the mainstream. When we celebrate big steps that were made in the past, it reminds us that big steps can be made in the future.”

In Fairey’s mind, the persistence of difficulties in the political, environmental, economic, and cultural arenas points to the definition of Mayday as a distress signal: “By now we thought we would be in post-Bush utopia, but we’re still having to call attention to these problems.” Like any mayday call, however, the sounding of the alarm also brings hope for help on the way. “If we stay silent, there’s no hope,” Fairey muses. “But if we make noise, if we put our ideas out there, then maybe we can make a change like the people in the portraits have done.”

168 pages, Hardcover, 9 1/2'' x 12 1/4'' (241 x 311 mm)
134 color illustrations, English
ISBN: 978-1-58423-428-9  $ 29.95
PBS Charlie Rose Show: A conversation with artist Shepard Fairey
CBS Evening News 11/5/2008: Portrait of the Artist: Shepard Fairey Interview
CBS Evening News 8/26/2008: Barack Obama Is a Work of Art
Colbert Nation 12/08/2010: Exclusive - Steve Martin Extended Segment
Colbert Nation 01/15/2009: Shepard Fairey’s "Hope" poster belongs to everyone
G4TV podcasts: ICONS: Shepard Fairey
QBN Sessions: QBN Sessions Presents Shepard Fairey
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Video: Malerei: Barack Obama in Rot, Weiss und Blau
Newspapers & Magazines
The New York Times: Shepard Fairey: Closer to Mainstream, Still a Bit Rebellious
Smithsonian Magazine: Shepard Fairey: The Artist Behind the Obama Portrait
The Boston Globe: Shepard The Giant
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: Propaganda ohne Auftrag
About the Artist:
Shepard Fairey
Shepard Fairey
Shepard Fairey is the man behind OBEY GIANT, the graphics that have changed the way people see art and the urban landscape. What started with an absurd sticker he created in 1989 while a student at the Rhode Island School of Design has since evolved into a worldwide street art cam­paign, as well as an ac­claimed body of fine art. In 2003, Fairey foun­ded Stu­dio Num­ber One, a cre­at­ive design firm ded­ic­ated to ap­ply­ing his eth­os at the in­ter­sec­tion of art and en­ter­prise.

Fairey’s art reached a new height of prominence in 2008, when his "HOPE" portrait of Barack Obama became the icon­ic im­age of the pres­id­en­tial cam­paign and helped in­spire an un­pre­ced­en­ted polit­ic­al move­ment. The ori­gin­al im­age now hangs in the Smith­so­ni­an In-sti­tu­tion’s Na­tion­al Por­trait Gal­lery in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

In 2009, the Institute of Con­tem­por­ary Art/Boston honored Fairey with a full-scale solo ret­ro­spective, also titled Supply and Demand. The show will tour the country through 2010. His work has also been exhibited in such museums and collections as The New Museum of Design, New York; the San Diego Museum of Con­tem­por­ary Art, San Diego, CA; the Balt­ic Cen­ter for Con-tem­por­ary Art, New Castle, UK; the Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art, New York; the Vic­tor­ia & Al­bert Mu­seum, Lon­don; and the Los Angeles County Mu­seum of Art.

Also by Shepard Fairey:

Obey: Supply & Demand: The Art of Shepard Fairey 1989–2009 (Box) Limited Ed.
of 600 copies
Obey: Supply & Demand:
Art of Shepard Fairey 1989–200
Boxed Set Limited Edition
The set includes:
— Four Limited Edition Silkscreens
— First Edition of “Supply & Demand: 20th Anniversary Edition.” more...

Obey: Supply & Demand: The Art of Shepard Fairey 1989–2009 Trade Ed.
Obey: Supply & Demand:
Art of Shepard Fairey 1989–2009
20th Anniversary Edition
With The Obama Poster, Fairey helped catalyze a movement from his unique vantage at the intersection of art, popular culture and politics. more...

E Pluribus Venom: The Art of Shepard Fairey
E Pluribus Venom:
The Art of Shepard Fairey
E Pluribus Venom is comprised of artworks designed to question the symbols and methods of the American machine and American dream and also celebrate those who oppose blind nationalism and war. more...
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GINGKO PRESS | POP CULTURE / STREET ART BOOK | ISBN-13: 9781584234289 | ISBN-10: 1-58423-428-8 / 1584234288