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:'s Jake Dobkin posted a story to the Gothamist website that's been getting continual updates and eyewitness commentary. Read it all here: {moscomment}

Splasher Hubbub @Shepard Fairey Show

Juxtapoz // Thursday, June 21, 2007
Via WoosterCollective Breaking news tonight over on Wooster Collective. Looks like the infamous "Splasher" (looking more like Harry Potter than an art terrorist) may have been caught trying to set off a stink bomb at Shepard Fairey's DUMBO installation show in Brooklyn. Juicy gossip! Read more here, {moscomment}

Shepard Fairey Extravaganza

Juxtapoz // Monday, June 04, 2007
Shepard Fairey is having a huge solo show / installation / brand-a-thon in NY in a few weeks. First is the DUMBO Installation Space reception in Brooklyn on Thursday June 21st. The acronym DUMBO stands for "Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass" and describes New York City's old industrial district along the Brooklyn Waterfront between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. Go to

David Choe Prints

Juxtapoz // Thursday, April 26, 2007
David Choe has some limited prints coming out! "I

Shepard Fairey: "Rise Above"

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Shepard Fairey's solo exhibition "Rise Above" opened at Merry Karnowsky Gallery in Los Angeles this past Saturday, September 16th. Merry was kind enough to let us stop by and take photos of the art before the show opened. Lucky for us, since when we stopped by during the show, the line to get in was a few hundred people strong and snaking down the block. Close your eyes and imagine hundreds of beverage-sipping art lovers milling around a not-exactly-vast gallery on a warm night in LA to get an idea of the opening night madness, and click "More" to see our photos of the art. Photos by ert o'hara

Banksy's Barely Legal Preview

Juxtapoz // Friday, September 15, 2006
Good ol' Banksy. He's mounted a show in a big warehouse a little ways south of downtown LA. Times and location info are on his website: If you're not in LA this weekend, you should be! Banksy's show runs Friday, September 15th through Sunday the 17th. Shepard Fairey is showing at Merry Karnowsky, Neck Face is having a show at New Image Art, Mike Brodie is showing his awesome polaroids at M + B, and Juxtapoz founder Robert Williams is showing with Jean-Jacques Tachdjian and Jonathon Rosen at Overtones Gallery. Anyway, last night we found our way over to the preview of Banksy's exhibit, Barely Legal, and brought back a few photos. Enjoy. Photos by ert o'hara

Shepard Fairey Covers Banksy?

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Art blogger "proper" saw (and photographed) Shepard Fairey putting Obey up over Banksy when he was in LA last weekend. Curious. {moscomment}

Icons: Shepard Fairey

Juxtapoz // Thursday, August 10, 2006
"ICONS: Shepard Fairey" airs Saturday, August 12th on G4.

New Works by Shepard Fairey

Juxtapoz // Sunday, April 02, 2006
Photos from the opening night of Shepard Fairey's solo show at White Walls Gallery in San Francisco.


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