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Shepard Fairey (American, b.1970)
LOT ID: 78975
POW(ER), 2011

Screenprint, Mixed Media, Silkscreen on Wood
24 х 18 х 1 in. (60.96 x 45.72 x 2.54 cm.)
Signed, dated, and numbered by the artist in pencil, recto and verso; in the artist's original wood frame
Edition of 2
Lot description
This rare hand-painted multiple by Shepard Fairey is an homage to Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, who appropriated and re-painted comic frames, often transforming them in meaning and context. Shepard Fairey has said, “For me, street art has always been about populism and emPOWERment. The recent embrace of street art in the art world as a legitimate genre demonstrates the power of accessible, relatable imagery, and in many ways builds upon the triumphs of Pop Art."

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

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