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Shepard Fairey (American, b.1970)
LOT ID: 78524
Arab Woman Relief Print, 2012

Lithograph
35 х 25.5 in. (88.9 x 64.77 cm.)
Signed, inscribed, dated, lower right; numbered, lower left
Print/Casting Year 2012
Edition 18/35
Foundry/Publisher Pace Prints
Lot description
Speaking to a humanity that transcends cultural boundaries, "Arab Woman" is one of Shepard Fairey's best-known portraits. This large-format screenprint debuted in 2012 at the Pace Prints show in New York City, and is part of a series of relief prints that are unique in Shepard Fairey's production. The Pace prints were all printed on handmade paper and are the largest hand-pulled prints ever done by the artist. They are called "relief" prints because of the unique embossed effect that runs throughout, creating the ornamental patterned background emblematic of Fairey's printmaking. The handmade rag paper has deckle edges. The present work's color saturation is exceptional, with vibrant blacks and reds.

Artwork measures 35 x 25.5 inches (88.9 x 64.8 cm).

Best known for his Barack Obama "Hope" poster of the 2008 presidential election, Shepard Fairey (b. 1970) has combined street art and alternative skate culture with the realm of fine art. Prior to the most recent election, Fairey was primarily recognized as the artist behind the "Obey Giant" campaign, designed in the late 1980s and early 1990s during Fairey's time at the Rhode Island School of Design. Fairey's body of work combines elements of graffiti, Pop Art, business art, and appropriation art. He has also broken into the commercial realm as a fashion designer and advertising artist for brands such as Pepsi. Fairey's works have been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the world, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (2011); the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA (2010); and the Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD (2005). He lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Selected Public Collections:
National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
Arab Woman Relief Print by Shepard Fairey
  • Arab Woman Relief Print by Shepard Fairey
  • Arab Woman Relief Print by Shepard Fairey
  • Arab Woman Relief Print by Shepard Fairey
  • Arab Woman Relief Print by Shepard Fairey
  • Arab Woman Relief Print by Shepard Fairey
  • Arab Woman Relief Print by Shepard Fairey
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