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Shepard Fairey (American, b.1970)
LOT ID: 81539
Israel Palestine Gold (+ Arab Woman Gold; 2 works), ie. circa 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
Print/Casting Year ie. circa 2009
Foundry/Publisher Obey
Lot description
On offer are the gold versions of two of Shepard Fairey's depictions of Arab women, "Israel Palestine" (2009) and "Arab Woman" (2007). Transcending time and nationality, the two portraits capture the common humanity and dignity of people from different cultures. The print uses simple contrasting colors to weave a rich patterned background that offers complexity and texture. The golds are particularly rich and add depth to the pieces.

The work measures 61 x 46 inches (154.9 x 116.8 cm).

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
Israel/Palestine Gold/Arab Woman Gold by Shepard Fairey
  • Israel/Palestine Gold/Arab Woman Gold by Shepard Fairey
  • Israel/Palestine Gold/Arab Woman Gold by Shepard Fairey
  • Israel/Palestine Gold/Arab Woman Gold by Shepard Fairey
  • Israel/Palestine Gold/Arab Woman Gold by Shepard Fairey
  • Israel/Palestine Gold/Arab Woman Gold by Shepard Fairey
  • Israel/Palestine Gold/Arab Woman Gold by Shepard Fairey
  • Israel/Palestine Gold/Arab Woman Gold by Shepard Fairey
  • Israel/Palestine Gold/Arab Woman Gold by Shepard Fairey
  • Israel/Palestine Gold/Arab Woman Gold by Shepard Fairey
  • Israel/Palestine Gold/Arab Woman Gold by Shepard Fairey
  • Israel/Palestine Gold/Arab Woman Gold by Shepard Fairey
  • Israel/Palestine Gold/Arab Woman Gold by Shepard Fairey
  • Israel/Palestine Gold/Arab Woman Gold by Shepard Fairey
  • Israel/Palestine Gold/Arab Woman Gold by Shepard Fairey
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