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Shepard Fairey (American, b.1970)
LOT ID: 77807
Uncle Scam, 2006

Lithograph
41 х 29 in. (104.14 x 73.66 cm.)
Signed, stamped, with Multiple Editions poodle blind stamp, and numbered 31/50, recto
Edition 31/50
Foundry/Publisher Multiple Editions
Lot description
Part of the "Rise Above" series of four prints first introduced at the 2006 Merry Karnowsky/Shepard Fairey show in Los Angeles, Uncle Scam is a verbal and visual twist on conventional expectations of patriotism. The traditional imagery and composition are ironic and belied by the details, which subvert the message.

Best known for his Barack Obama "Hope" poster of 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, business art, and appropriation art. He has also broken into the commercial realm 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.

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

Uncle Scam by Shepard Fairey
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