Artist of the Week - Shepard Fairey
Let us introduce Shepard Fairey as our artist of the week by going over all the things he’s been doing lately and all the things he’ll be up to soon – because there are many. He visited Berlin, where he painted a few murals, stunning as always, working alongside D*Face, Cyrcle and The London Police, among others. All of them are currently featured in a show hosted by Stolen Space Gallery and Urban Nation. His first exhibition ever in Spain opened on June 25th, at CAC Malaga Museum. In September, he’s got another show coming up, at Jacob Lewis Gallery in New York City, and through October, he is going to do a special project for the Open Source: Engaging Audiences in Public Space public exhibition in Philadelphia, organized by Mural Arts Program. In Paris, Magda Danysz Gallery will host an exhibition of his works depicting Sid Vicious, and in Detroit, the police accused him of vandalism. Quite a busy time for Shepard Fairey.
We’ve mentioned this before, but we shall do it again, because it is true, no matter how unbelievable it sounds. Shepard Fairey recently visited the city of Detroit, where he painted the largest mural of his career, on an 18-story building. However, he also ended up painting elsewhere as well, and the owners of those properties were not pleased – or more probably, aware – that one of nation’s favorite artists painted there. The result? Felony charges for vandalism and damage worth $9,000. That being said, if he returns to Detroit, he will be arrested and will be facing five years in prison for his acts. What can we say about all this? The police don’t care he’s Shepard Fairey, they only see paint on the walls. With this in mind, they hope the imprisonment would discourage other artists from doing the same. Strange thinking, to say the least.
Long Live Sid Vicious
One of Shepard Fairey’s idols appears to be Sid Vicious, to the extent of dedicating him an entire series of works that will soon be on view at Magda Danysz Gallery in Paris. The artist was inspired by the intimate images of the rock star taken by photographer Dennis Morris during the highlight years of Sid Vicious as part of Sex Pistols. The works, a unique tribute done in the trademark urban style using colors like beige and brown, give a stylized look into the soul of one of the most troubled characters in music history and someone who has become a cult personality known as being one half of the infamous couple Sid and Nancy. If you’re in the capital of France, make sure you check out the Superman is Dead exhibition, as the works are truly impressive.
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