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Shepard Fairey (American, b.1970)
LOT ID: 74976
Fiend Rocker, 2007

Screenprint, on Metal
24 х 18 in. (60.96 x 45.72 cm.)
Signed, and dated, lower right; numbered, lower left
Lot description
“Fiend Rocker”, a silkscreen print on metal, is an exemplary work by the notorious street artist extraordinaire, Shepard Fairey. Surrounded by eye-catching graphics and typical symbols that reflect off the metal backdrop, Fairey's representation of a rocker with a skeleton-like face of his OBEY Andrey the Giant character is at once eerie, ambiguous, and familiar. Serious yet mischievous, the image evokes strong emotional reactions and encourages the viewer to contemplate over what may lay beneath what meets the eyes. As demonstrated here, Fairey's playful and stylistic approach to portraiture urges an investigation into the sociological relationship of images with their surroundings.

Shepard Fairey has become a front runner in the street art environment and given a voice to American graffiti art, encapsulating a new chapter for the movement. Fairey’s art reached a new level of recognition in 2008, when his “HOPE” portrait of Barack Obama became the iconic image of the presidential campaign and helped inspire an unprecedented political movement. As Shepard Fairey’s body of work reached its 20-year mark in 2009, the Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, MA) honored him with a full-scale solo retrospective, which drew a record number of visitors for the museum. Entitled ‘Supply and Demand,’ the exhibition shares its name with Fairey’s career-chronicling book, now in its second edition (Gingko Press). The exhibition traveled to the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and then moved to the Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati, OH. He recently had a sell-out show at Deitch Projects in New York, the last show to ever be held at this renowned gallery.

Selected Public Collections:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Smithsonian Museum of American Art (Washington, DC)
Victoria and Albert Museum (London, UK)
Fiend Rocker by Shepard Fairey
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