Associated Press Accuses Shepard Fairey Of Copyright Infringement

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, February 04, 2009
He may be our President, but you can’t escape Shepard Fairey's (Juxtapoz cover #82) iconic Obama HOPE poster imagery just yet. In fact, this new twist has us frustrated and more than a little peeved. It’s no secret that the poster of President Barack Obama, above right, by Shepard Fairey is based on the April 27, 2006 file photo of then-Senator Barack Obama by Associated Press photographer Manny Garcia at the National Press Club in Washington. However, even though Shepard Fairey has acknowledged that his poster is based on the AP photo, AP says it owns the copyright and wants not only credit, but financial compensation. "The Associated Press has determined that the photograph used in the poster is an AP photo and that its use required permission," the AP's director of media relations, Paul Colford, said in a statement. "AP safeguards its assets and looks at these events on a case-by-case basis. We have reached out to Mr. Fairey's attorney and are in discussions. We hope for an amicable solution." "We believe fair use protects Shepard's right to do what he did here," says Fairey's attorney, Anthony Falzone, executive director of the Fair Use Project at Stanford University and a lecturer at the Stanford Law School. "It wouldn't be appropriate to comment beyond that at this time because we are in discussions about this with the AP." Fairey has been very open that he found the photograph using a common Google Images search. He released the image on his own website shortly after he created it in early 2008 and made thousands of posters for the street in support of a candidate he had faith, and yes, hope in. The image caught on, and supporters snagged the image for their own uses, campaign-related and otherwise, yet Fairey never received any of the money raised using his unique imagery. Funny how when Shepard was a lesser-known, albeit hard-working, street and fine artist, not many seemed to mind or wonder where the inspiration for his artistry came from. Nothing like seeing a dollar to be made and seizing an opportunity. We’ll be sure to follow this case, but you can read further now on the Huffington Post.

Free Shepard Fairey Poster: "The Art of Rebellion"

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Rebellion. The word itself is energizing, conjuring up images of angry youth pounding fists in the air, riding motorcycles, or err…painting. Yeah, really bad-ass painting and other forms of rebellious creative expression (we only condone non-violent forms of rebellion around here.) Good thing the granddaddy’s of rebellion, Harley Davidson, will present a special one-night only show, The Art of Rebellion. With works by Shawn Barber, Christian Clayton, Rob Clayton, Bob Dob, Frank Kozik, Tara McPherson, Alex Pardee, Mark Dean Veca, Olver Vernon, David Trulli, and others rebellious souls. This one-night only event is taking place on February 7th, 2009 at the Robert Berman Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. Not only will proceeds be donated to Art Matters, but we’ve got our hands on one of the limited edition Shepard Fairey posters made especially for this exhibit. No, we’re not just bragging; we want to give Shepard’s poster away to you! We have one poster for a lucky winner and the first person to sign up for our mailing list will win a limited edition Harley Davidson poster by the legendary Shepard Fairey. So REGISTER now here and make plans to hit up The Art of Rebellion this Saturday. Further info at

"The Art of Rebellion" One Night Only Event

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Harley-Davidson has gathered 11 of today’s most relevant and exciting artists to present their take on the theme of rebellion. Sweet, sweet rebellion. The Art of Rebellion is a one-night only event taking place on February 7th, 2009 at the Robert Berman Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. Artwork is for sale and a portion of the preceeds will be donated to Art Matters, a foundation that assists socially and aesthetically groundbreaking artists. The show will feature original art by Shawn Barber, Christian Clayton, Rob Clayton, Bob Dob, Shepard Fairey, Frank Kozik, Tara McPherson, Alex Pardee, David Trulli, Mark Dean Veca, and Oliver Vernon.  Not only will the artists will be in attendance, but there will be giveaways of a brand new Shepard Fairey limited-edition get there early! Oh, and did we mention there will be a DJ and an open bar? Allright, no more excuses. We’ll see you on Saturday. More at

Shepard Fairey Commemorative Inaugural Print Release Tomorrow

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 22, 2009
We know, we know. It’s Shepard’s Obama image again. We apologize if you’re more tired of seeing this poster than we were while suffering thru work yesterday (yeah, Obama night kicked our asses) but in case you hadn’t noticed, Obama and Shepard Fairey are kind of a big deal right now. Therefore, we’re announcing the limited edition Shepard Fairey commemorative Inaugural print release, which is set for tomorrow, Friday January 23rd, at 11am PST. Limited to one print per customer, these 24 × 36″ prints are signed and numbered and will be available tomorrow right here. Stab a bookmark in that site and get your piece of Obama history.

Behind the Making of Shepard's Obama

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 21, 2009
In light of the fact that yesterday Shepard Fairey's (Juxtapoz cover #82) Obama “Hope” poster was hung in the National Portrait Gallery, we think you should hear a bit about the poster from the man (of the year, according to GQ!) himself.

Shepard Fairey Makes Colbert Report

Juxtapoz // Friday, January 16, 2009
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"Shepard Fairey: Supply & Demand" 20-Year Retrospective

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Right when Shepard Fairey (Juxtapoz cover #82) couldn’t get much bigger, he goes and gets himself a museum exhibition. Not just any museum showing though, a massive 20-year retrospective of his work. Shep always did tend to do things on a bigger scale. On the 20th anniversary of the Obey Giant campaign, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston opens the first museum survey of Shepard Fairey, the influential street artist who created the now iconic Obama poster. Featuring over 80 works, Shepard Fairey: Supply & Demand traces the artist’s career over 20 years, from the Obey Giant stencil to screen prints of political revolutionaries and rock stars to recent mixed-media works and a new mural commissioned for the ICA show, which will be on display February 6th to August 16th, 2009. Fairey uses his work as a platform to make statements on social issues important to him. The artist explains his driving motivation: "The real message behind most of my work is ‘question everything." He’s a gem, that Shepard is. Learn more on Supply & Demand over this way

Shepard Fairey & Cleon Peterson Design Marketing Campaign for Saks Fifth Avenue

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 08, 2009
Shepard Fairey’s propaganda machine has taken yet another turn towards world-domination, as Saks Fifth Avenue hired Shepard Fairey (Juxtapoz cover #82), along with Cleon Peterson (Juxtapoz #85), to design their upcoming Spring marketing campaign. Saks know what’s up, as Terron E. Schaefer, the senior vice president for marketing at Saks stated, “What we do every day, really, is propaganda.” Read further at

Photos: David Choe Signs "Choe Gal"

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 30, 2008
David Choe (Juxtapoz cover #72) has got to be one of our all-time favorite artistic bad-boys, but he proved he's got a softer side as well when he created the doll Choe Gal. Mr Choe took the evening to sign Choe Gal at GR2 in Los Angeles last week, attracting fans from all over to get their sticky hands on one of the limited 1,000 pieces available for sale. Choe Gal is his first wood figure: extremely detailed, totally hand painted, and featuring a head that rotates to expose three facial expressions (to express whatever mood your bi-polar ass may be in that second.) If you couldn’t make it out to LA to get your own doll signed, take a peek at what you missed in photos right over here…

Four Free Signed Shepard Fairey prints Up for Grabs!

Juxtapoz // Thursday, December 25, 2008
Remember our massive retrospective exhibit, In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz Factor, at Laguna Museum of Art this year? Of course you do. That shit was epic. Anyways, the equally epic Shepard Fairey (Juxtapoz #82) was kind enough to design these special limited edition posters in honor of the show, and we were able to get our hands on four of these gorgeous prints which we’ll be GIVING AWAY to FOUR lucky kids who REGISTER for the Juxtapoz NEWSLETTER this weekend! Signed, numbered, loved…these prints are very rare and courtesy of our friends at Hurley, who sponsored the show. (Thanks guys!) Not only are they worth quite a chunk of change, but they’ll look pretty damn sweet up on your wall. So what have you got to lose? SIGN UP NOW


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