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Shepard Fairey (American, b.1970)
LOT ID: 20002
Soup Can III, 2009

Screenprint, Hand Printed Silkscreen and Pencil on Manila Acid Free paper
20 х 16 in. (50.8 x 40.64 cm.)
Signed, and numbered on recto in pencil
Print/Casting Year 2009
Edition 95/200
Lot description
Soup Can III, 2009
Hand printed silkscreen and pencil on manila acid free paper
20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm)

Following his record price at the most recent contemporary Sotheby's sale Shepard Fairey has sanctified his role in the art market as a highly desired and sought after member.

After the Obama Progress and Hope images that became synonymous with his super optimistic campaign Shepard Fairey is visible worldwide. He is seen as more of a godfather to the movement than an artist these days, very much like an American version of the UK's Banksy.

He 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. Demonstrating a playful yet powerful approach to the world of politics reflecting their flaws and strengths in an publicly accessible street forum. The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston call him one of today's best known and most influential street artists. He is one of the most recognizable artist working today and an idol for a massive cultural progression.

Fairey attended the Rhode Island Institute of Design where in the early 90's he created his iconic "OBEY" character, an ominous face that finds its origins in the appropriated Andre the Giant.

2009 saw the first major museum survey of Shepard's work in Boston, at the Institute of Contemporary Art.

He has had recent solo exhibitions at -
White Walls Gallery, San Francisco (2008)
Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles (2007)
Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York (2007)
Stolen Space, London (2007)
Galerie Magda Danysz, Paris (2006)

Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
The National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.
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