Posts Tagged ‘men of the year’

ART & POLITICS // THE SHEPARD FAIREY UPDATE HOUR

January 13, 2009

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Some of this you may know and some may not, but Shep has been busy for the last couple of months, so we thought we’d bring you up to date on what’s going on.  Maybe each month we’ll have a Shepard Fairey update hour, where we’ll all sit around on a carpet with snacks and speak of wheat pastes and politics.  But for now….away we go.  First off, you saw the Time cover he did right?  Yup, Time Magazine tapped Shepard to design an image of this historic campaign to grace their cover for their Person of the Year issue.

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Second, the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian has acquired the above piece to be a part of their permanent collection.  Can you believe that shit?  The Smithsonian caught some street art as the first image of the new president in their collection.  Shep is going to have to buy a bow tie and one of the jackets with leather elbow pads to fit in with the new crew.

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Nope.  Fuck the elbow pads and bow tie’s and get this man bottle service and fresh kicks.  Why?  Oh, did I forget to mention that GQ magazine also named Shepard Fairey one of the Men of The Year?  Yeah that too.  The picture from the article is above and you can read GQ’s blurb on him here.

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And if that wasn’t enough, the President Elect himself called upon Shepard Fairey to design a poster for Inaguration Day (above).  The poster is for sale online for a cool $100 here.  So that wraps up the official Shepard Fairey update hour.  If it took you an hour to go through this, you’re tired, get some rest.  All I have to say is that when you have Time Magazine, The Smithsonian and the President calling up a street artist for their work…times are certaintly changing and these are definite milestones in underground art.  Whether or not it turns out to be good a thing, we can only wait and see.  But for right now…Thanks Shep, for opening some eyes and making some waves.

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