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On offer is the full set of 5 prints that comprise the "Duality of Humanity" series executed by Shepard Fairey in 2009. The series captures the essential conflict between violence and the desire for peace at the heart of humankind. All the prints are based on actual war photographs. The first print is based on a South American photograph, while the last four prints are all based on war photographs by famed photojournalist Al Rockoff taken during the Vietnam War or the Cambodian civil war. Please note: the pictures of the two Rockoff photos are presented for illustration purposes and are NOT part of the lot. The prints faithfully reproduce the actual photographs without manipulation, but impose the rich background pattern and symbols emblematic of Shepard Fairey's work. The prints richly capture, in the artist's own words "the brutality, but also the conflicted humanity seen in war."

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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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Area: Image
Location: Lower right
Notes: Duality of Humanity 3 has some very minor ink
irregularity (slightly lighter ink) in one area, close to the signature. There is also a slight horizontal darker line in the same area. Both are most likely part of the printing process. Please see pictures.
Degree: Minor

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Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

  • Private collection, USA
  • Pickup Location: Massachusetts, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 61 x 46 x 0.1 in. (154.94 x 116.84 x 0.25 cm.)
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