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Shepard Fairey (American, b.1970)
LOT ID: 81486
Global Warning Series, 2009

Screenprint
61 х 46 х 0.1 in. (154.94 x 116.84 x 0.25 cm.)
Signed, and dated, lower right; numbered and editioned, lower left
Edition 450
Foundry/Publisher Obey
Lot description
On offer is the three-print full "Global Warning" series by Shepard Fairey. The series comprises "Sun Paper" print, "Global Warning," and "Global Warning Warhol," and playfully tackles the subject of global pollution and general indifference with a Pop Art twist. This message is clearly conveyed in the Sun Paper print, which is integrated into the two other prints, but downplayed in an ironic fashion. The Warhol variant is a nod to Andy Warhol and, with its heightened fashion appeal, deepens the disconnect between the message and the image.

Best known for his Barack Obama "Hope" poster for 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, and commercial art. He has also worked 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. In 2009, his work was the subject of a retrospective called “Supply and Demand” at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, drawing a record number of visitors for the museum. The exhibition traveled to the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh before moving to the Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati, OH.

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
Global Warning Series by Shepard Fairey
  • Global Warning Series by Shepard Fairey
  • Global Warning Series by Shepard Fairey
  • Global Warning Series by Shepard Fairey
  • Global Warning Series by Shepard Fairey
  • Global Warning Series by Shepard Fairey
  • Global Warning Series by Shepard Fairey
  • Global Warning Series by Shepard Fairey
  • Global Warning Series by Shepard Fairey
  • Global Warning Series by Shepard Fairey
  • Global Warning Series by Shepard Fairey
  • Global Warning Series by Shepard Fairey
  • Global Warning Series by Shepard Fairey
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