Update: Shepard Fairey vs The AP

Juxtapoz // Friday, April 17, 2009
“My lawyers filed my response to The AP’s claims against me on Tuesday,” writes Shepard Fairey (Juxtapoz cover #82). “It includes a dozen examples of AP photographs that consist almost entirely of copyrighted artwork from me and other artists. Today, The AP issued a statement accusing me of 'making attacks' on them.” The story continues here…

Soapbox: Why Prosecuting Shepard Fairey is Bad for Boston

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, April 08, 2009
“Hi folks. I'm taking another moment on my soapbox here,” writes artist and Juxtapoz contributing writer, Caleb Neelon. “This time, I'd like to talk about the Boston trial of Shepard Fairey, and why it is bad for Boston, regardless of whether you hate or love him and his work.” Neelon spoke at the ICA in Boston last Saturday and made some interesting points, which many requested he post online. 

David Choe Speaks on "Spark"

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, March 31, 2009
KQED’s art program, Spark, profiled David Choe (Juxtapoz cover #72) in this video segment the artist recently posted on his blog, stating, “See how skinny I was when I got out of jail in this clip, KQED just sent to me!” True, Choe is the contemporary art world’s favorite badass, having survived time in a Japanese jail, amongst many other extreme situations. We see these as fuel for his amazing artistry. ”I’ve had the door shut on my face so many times. Rejection, rejection, rejection. And I don’t really care to get my art critiqued. And I don’t really care what you think about it,” Choe states in the video. “No one goes to museums anyways, so it’s this whole attitude and I just steal a can of paint and go out and paint all this stuff of the freeway and a you know, a thousand people will see it before 8 o’clock on the 101 freeway than the 10 or hundred people that would have ever seen it over the course of a month in an art gallery.” Word. Speaking of gallery work, get all the info on Choe's upcoming solo in China, Deathblossom, at PYO Gallery here.  

David Choe Overtakes China

Juxtapoz // Monday, March 30, 2009
David Choe (Juxtapoz cover #72) opens a simultaneous solo show in China on April 4th, Deathblossom, at PYO Gallery. This showing is a massively large body of work, and true to his raw nature, Choe is going all out on this one. See and hear more from the genius himself in messages from Choe’s blog.

Shepard Fairey x Glen E Friedman x Bad Brains

Juxtapoz // Monday, March 23, 2009
“Bad Brains are one of my favorite punk/hardcore groups of all time, writes Shepard Fairey (Juxtapoz cover #82). “I first heard Bad Brains at the beginning of 1984 when my friend lent me the brilliantly curated and titled Alternative Tentacles compilation 'Let Then Eat Jellybeans' (A Reagan dessert favorite update to the Marie Antoinette slogan 'Let them eat cake'). The Bad Brains song 'Pay to Cum' from their first album was on the comp along with songs by Black Flag, The Dead Kennedys, The Circle Jerks, Flipper, etc. I then went out to find full-length records by all those bands. I soon discovered Minor Threat as well, and learned that Bad Brains had influenced their vocalist Ian MacKaye and Black flag vocalist Henry Rollins who were from Washington DC where Bad Brains had started as well. The Bad Brains were also a huge influence for the Beastie Boys,” continues the extremely music savvy Shepard Fairey. “This collaboration ties into almost all of the bands I mentioned because they were almost all iconically shot at various times by photographer Glen E. Friedman. Glen shot a lot of great photos of Bad Brains and a few different shots were spliced together as the reference for this poster illustration. If you don't know Glen's work, and you should... go to burningflags.com. This poster is signed by Glen, me, and all the original members of Bad Brains. Keep that PMA.?" This print goes on sale this Thursday, March 26th so make sure to stab a bookmark in obeygiant.com because only 425 available and with so many big names involved in this collab piece, we see them going quick!

Interview with Harry Kim, Filmmaker of "Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe"

Juxtapoz // Friday, March 13, 2009
“Harry Kim, director of Dirty Hands and David Choe's (Juxtapoz cover #72) longtime friend, is in San Francisco to attend the screening of his film at the Castro Theatre on Saturday night, and I caught up with him Friday morning at his hotel in Japantown,” writes Jeremy Hatch.   “He’s a great guy, always ready with a huge laugh, and for almost half an hour we talked about other things completely, starting with cars that can drive themselves ('If you die at the wheel,' he said, 'it'll just drive around the block making right turns'), which led to Ray Kurzweil, Kevin Kelly's One Machine concept, artificial intelligence, WALL-E, whether androids would form religious cults, and if they did, what would a robot god be like? (Also discussed: an albino hooker he met in the Congo, and why a jetpack would be ideal to search for living dinosaurs.) At some point we got around to discussing his film.   Read the entire interview with Harry Kim on Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe.

Artist Interview with David Choe

Juxtapoz // Monday, March 09, 2009
David Choe (Juxtapoz cover #72) is the type of balls-out artist who makes waves wherever he goes. If you’re like us, you’ve watched his progression as an artist over the years, from his incarceration in Japan to selling out any show in which he participates. In this 3-part interview series by Walrus TV, David Choe shares his thoughts on everything from how he got his start using spray paint, to his diverse techniques of warfare, to his feelings about prayer (yes, he prays- but not as much as his mother does for him.) Watch all three video interviews with David Choe here…

Shepard Fairey Does Boston

Juxtapoz // Friday, February 20, 2009
Shepard Fairey (Juxtapoz cover #82) hit Boston with some crispy Clear Channel billboards. Need we say more? See the other billboards by Shep in Boston in flicks here…

David Choe

Juxtapoz // Thursday, February 19, 2009
David Choe's (Juxtapoz cover #72) Dirty Hands are making their way to San Francisco! Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe by filmmaker Harry Kim is coming to the Bay Area for screenings on Saturday, March 14th, 2009 at 9:30pm at the Castro Theatre and again on March 17th, 2009 at 4:30pm at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas. If you have yet to see this film, you’re in for a real treat as David gives a raw glimpse into his crazy and enthralling life. Banned in Japan, the most attended film at the LA International Film Fest, a film a decade in the making. Do what you have to do to be at one of these screenings because occurrences like this don’t happen everyday. More at davechoe.blogspot.com

The Art of Rebellion Goes Down at Santa Monica's Bergamot Station Arts Center

Juxtapoz // Monday, February 09, 2009
The Art of Rebellion one-night only exhibition went off at the Robert Berman Gallery in Santa Monica, California this weekend, attracting fans of rebellion near and far. As Harley Davidson is cemented as an icon synonymous with the act of rebellion, a mix of talented and respected artists were asked create their own take on the theme. Harley Davidson gas-tanks served alongside canvas works include artists such as Mark Dean Veca, Frank Kozik Tank shown) Alex Pardee and Shepard Fairey among the 11 contributors. More from LA Weekly here.

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