Shepard Fairey Hits the Books

Juxtapoz // Monday, April 14, 2008
It’s hard not to judge a book by its cover. In that case, it looks like two of George Orwell’s classic books, Animal Farm and 1984, just may be getting a resurgence of readers, as Penguin Books recently asked Shepard Fairey to redesign two covers for them. Maybe this is the best way to get kids to pick up a real book and start reading again! See the other cover here.

Obey Giant Prints

Juxtapoz // Thursday, April 10, 2008
In the past two years, Shepard Fairey has received more love and acclaim than most artists do in nine lives. Having been in the street art, and then fine art, game for years, Shepard has created an empire many kings would envy. With collectors all over the globe scrambling for his work, Shepard’s art can get quite pricey. Thankfully, the good folks at Toyroom Gallery have three new limited edition Shepard prints available at feasible prices. This Obey Giant SSI/Mea Culpa print comes in three different color versions, but the one shown may be our favorite. Why? Because this red and blue beauty comes with a pair of 3D glasses. As if Shepard weren’t cool enough- now you can enjoy his work in multiple dimensions! Cop your print at toyroomgallery.com.

Shepard Fairey at Merry Karnowsky Dec 1st

Juxtapoz // Saturday, December 01, 2007
And, because perhaps you want to round out this year with more of a good thing, Shepard Fairey's [JUXTAPOZ Issue #82] Imperfect Union drops this weekend at Merry Karnowsky. If you're not invited to the preview on Friday, November 29th, brave the stylish masses and prepare to jockey for a good view on Saturday night. Openings at Merry Karnowsky are always a hot item so go early if you really want to see the art. The exhibit will be up through January 5th.

Photos: Shepard Fairey at Stolen Space

Juxtapoz // Monday, November 05, 2007
We got a few pics from the November 2nd opening of Shepard Fairey's Nineteeneightyfouria at London's StolenSpace Gallery. The title is a reference to the surveillance culture in George Orwell's book 1984. The show is Fairey's largest exhibition to date, and it runs through November 25th.

Preview: Shepard Fairey "Nineteeneightyfouria"

Juxtapoz // Thursday, November 01, 2007
Chris Osburn brings us a preview from the set up of Nineteeneightyfouria, the largest solo Shepard Fairey exhibition to date. The show opens at StolenSpace in London, running from November 2nd until November 25th.

Shepard Fairey's New Book

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Coming down the pipe in early December (just in time for your annual incurrence of holiday debt) is the latest book by our upcoming cover artist Shepard Fairey, E Pluribus Venom. The book is a compilation of the huge body of work he showed in Brooklyn and NYC through Jonathan LeVine Gallery earlier this year as well as extras intended to expand on the themes tackled in his art. From the product description on Amazon.com, "The title E Pluribus Venom which translates "Out of many, poison" is derived from E Pluribus Unum (out of many, one) an early motto adopted by the U.S. Government which appears on U.S. currency. The artist's thesis is that many becoming one, or a loss of power and influence of the individual in favor of homogeny is a symptom of a society in decline. 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. Some of Fairey's works use currency motifs or a Norman Rockwell aesthetic to employ the graphic language of the subjects they critique. Other works use a blend of Art Nouveau, hippie, and revolutionary propaganda styles to celebrate subjects advocating peace."

Shepard Fairey Interview on Lifelounge

Juxtapoz // Friday, July 20, 2007
With the closing of his E Pluribus Venom show this weekend, it seems pertinent to mention that there is a good interview with Shepherd Fairey on Lifelounge. Talking points include skateboarding, New York, being broke, and influences for the Venom show. E Pluribus Venom is running at Jonathan Levine Gallery until tomorrow so if you're close enough to get there and you haven't seen it yet our advice to you is: peep don't sleep. www.lifelounge.com {moscomment}

Photos: Shepard Fairey + Souther Salazar

Juxtapoz // Saturday, June 23, 2007
Tonight, June 23rd, is the opening of the Shepard Fairey and Souther Salazar's joint exhibit at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in NYC, but Juxtapoz was there a day early to bring you a sneak peek at all the new works on display. While not as chaotic as Fairey's DUMBO opening the previous evening, LeVine's press preview was just as packed, with tons of art fans cramming into the overheated gallery to check out some fantastic work.

Photos: Shepard Fairey's DUMBO Show

Juxtapoz // Friday, June 22, 2007
Brooklyn's DUMBO district is famous for its stunning view of the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, but last night, all eyes were on Obey Giant mastermind Shepard Fairey as he unveiled an installation of enormous mural pieces staggered throughout the 81 Front Street gallery space...

Shepard Fairey's DUMBO Show Chaos

Juxtapoz // Friday, June 22, 2007
Photo and text by George Koroneos Last night's opening party for Shepard Fairey's Brooklyn installation almost ended on a sour note as the upbeat shindig was interrupted by the capture of the alleged Splasher, an art terrorist who has been defacing popular street art in and around Manhattan. According to reports, two individuals attempted to set off smoke and stink bombs at the 81 Front Street art opening in Brooklyn's DUMBO district, but were quickly stopped and detained by off duty police offers acting as security for the event. "I saw all the chaos, but I had no idea what the hell was going on," says Michael Dolan. "I thought it was dumb kids smoking pot, and I saw all the crazy security guards chasing some kid down the street, and dragging another kid back inside." Wooster Collective is reporting that one of the two people were detained, but there is no word yet if the suspect was arrested or charged with a crime. Although heavily attended, the gallery holding the opening was big enough that it would have been hard to miss someone trying to deface one of Fairey's massive installation pieces. Calls to Jonathan LeVine, the gallery hosting the Brooklyn installation and the art exhibit in Chelsea, were not returned at press time, but Juxtapoz will be updating the story as it unfolds and we'll have a photo set . UPDATE 6/22/07, 10:45AM: According to Debra Anderson, PR rep for Jonathan LeVine, DJ Ben Woodward saw someone trying to light a smoke bomb and jumped over the barricade that separated the VIP area from the public, and tackled him. Security detained the suspect and kept him in the corner for the duration of the event. Apparently security (mostly off-duty cops) had to call in other levels of security to check if the suspect had any other devices planted in the gallery that could be triggered remotely. At this time Anderson says that there is no proof there was an other person involved and as of midnight last night, the suspect was still being questioned. UPDATE 6/22/07, 11:19AM: Streetsy.com's Jake Dobkin posted a story to the Gothamist website that's been getting continual updates and eyewitness commentary. Read it all here: www.gothamist.com. {moscomment}

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