Shepard Fairey in conversation with Henry Rollins
discussing his book, OBEY: Supply and Demand The Art of Shepard Fairey
Shepard Fairey is an American contemporary street artist, graphic designer activist and illustrator who emerged from the skateboarding scene. He earned a bachelor of fine arts in illustration from Rhode Island School of Design in 1992. He is best known for his Barack Obama "Hope" poster, which he created in support of the 2008 presidential campaign. His work has been included in the collections of several museums, including the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Henry Rollins, former fronter of legendary punk band Black Flag, is a multi-talented musician, writer, journalist, activist, and actor. He currently hosts a weekly radio show on KCRW and writes for the LA Weekly.
Shepard Fairey achieved tremendous street cred while he was a student at the Rhode Island School Design in the 1990s. He blanketed the eastern seaboard (and eventually beyond) with his “Andre the Giant Has a Posse” stickers. This image subsequently evolved into Fairey’s iconic OBEY brand logo.
Fairey helpe catalyze a movement from his unique vantage point at the intersection of art, popular culture, politics, and design. OBEY: SUPPLY & DEMAND: THE ART OF SHEPARD FAIREY, serves as a massive retrospect that covers more than 20 colorful years of the artist’s evolution and success in the art world. This newly enhanced edition, complete with an original poster, takes readers on a journey from his art school days and his early OBEY GIANT campaign, to his prodigious print output and large-scale public art projects, to his famous Obama Hope Change and Progress posters and his long-time role as an activist-street artist.
Through the lens of esteemed writers and critics such as Carlo McCormick, Steven Heller, Henry Rollins, Rob Walker, Roger Gastman, and more, fans of his work can see into the artist’s mind and creative process to gain a fuller understanding of the roots of the omnipresent OBEY insignia, his design practice, and multitude of exhibitions now seen around the globe. Posters, flyers, silkscreens and stickers are all documented in a museum quality layout and binding.
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