Obey Print Show in Switzerland
Shepard Fairey’s prints are off to Switzerland! The Speerstra Gallery in Bursins announced the Obey Print Show for the upcoming month, featuring some of the best Shepard Fairey prints from the past eight years. The show will display fifty selected prints dating from 2005 to 2013, curated by French art expert and collector, Jérome Catz. Signified as the worthy heir to Andy Warhol, Shepard Fairey is described as the artist who is able to immortalize famous people, making their images iconic. The Obey Print Show will attempt to present this intriguing ability through the array of activistic, influential and popular prints designed by Shepard Fairey.
The exhibition opening is announced for Saturday, March 15, at 2pm. The curator of the show, Jerome Catz, will be present in the opening hours, offering the visitors a guided overview of Shepard Fairey’s work. Obey Print Show at Speerstra gallery will run through April 12, 2014.
Shepard Fairey – The King of Prints
All street art lovers already know who Shepard Fairey is and what his work has meant in the development of the contemporary urban art. His Andre the Giant Has a Posse inaugural sticker campaign has changed the guerilla art forever, opening the doors into the mainstream and commercial culture. His fame was sealed after he created the Barack Obama HOPE poster, and now he is revered as America’s best known and most influential street artist.
Fairey’s posters are regularly issued through his label, Obey. They are all stylistically similar, following the form of the propaganda poster of the early to middle 20th century, having a lot in common with posters seen around in the totalitarian societies. The cubic elements are shaded and colored, but the palette is selective, usually limited to the basics of red, grey, green, yellow and blue. It is interesting to compare his posters to the prints executed by the artists of the Russian avantgarde.
The message Shepard Fairey conveys through his screen prints is always up to date, related to the current events and political situation. They carry the sign of social critic and activism, addressing the events that occurred or professing the possible outcome if the reaction doesn’t happen. They stand for the warning propaganda of contemporary society, oriented towards freedom of mind, movement and expression.
The Speerstra Gallery has been present on the European art market since 1984. It has been first established in Monaco, and in 2001 it moved to Paris. In 2007, the space relocated once again to Bursins in Switzerland, where it is today. The Speerstra Gallery is proud to call itself the only European space showing exclusively graffiti and street art in numerous solo and group exhibitions.
The lineup of the artists that have exhibited at this space is quite long, and it includes some of the foremost graffiti artists of the 80’s such as Crash, Daze, JonOne or Sharp. Street artists from Europe have also been presented at Speerstra space, including Rcf1, Alëxone Dizac, Mist, Tilt, Sigi Dare von Koeding, Smash137, Serval, Jazi, Mambo, Rosyone, Stohead, Sozyone among many others. Contemporary artists featured by this, now Swiss space encompass Thomas Fiebig, Nicolas Beaud, Aurel Rubbish, Thierry Furger and the American photographers Henry Chalfant and Martha Cooper.
This will be the first solo exhibition of Shepard Fairey at Speerstra Gallery.