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Shepard Fairey (American, b.1970)
LOT ID: 73413
Muhammed Ali, 2006

Screenprint
18 х 24 in. (45.72 x 60.96 cm.)
Signed, and numbered.
Print/Casting Year 2006
Edition 300
Foundry/Publisher Obey Giant
Lot description
Shepard Fairey, the artist that made the iconic Obama HOPE image now in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery made this iconic image of Muhammed Ali years earlier.

As one of his most sought after images, this rare print features "The Greatest of All Time" in a richly textured screenprint in Shepard Fairey's signature style.

Shepard Fairey (b. 1970) 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. His work exemplifies bold, graphic media that creates a distinct aesthetic while challenging the public to think critically. The artist believes art is intended not only for the walls of museums and galleries, but should also exist in the visual landscape as an integral part of urban environments. 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)

Muhammed Ali by Shepard Fairey
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