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Widely considered to be the print that launched Shepard Fairey into international fame, this large format print, which became one of the defining images of Obama's 2008 Presidential Campaign, continues to be viewed as a permanent symbol of victory and progress in U.S. history.

Best known for his Barack Obama “Hope” poster of the 2008 presidential election, Shepard Fairey 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 face behind the “Obey Giant” campaign, designed in the late 1980s and early 1990s during Fairey’s time at the Rhode Island School of Design. The movement involved stickering, stenciling, and painting images and slogans throughout the world, that contradictorily stood for something and nothing at once and had an inherent sense of humor based on their existence alone. Fairey’s body of work combines elements of graffiti, Pop Art, business art, and appropriation art, breaking into the commercial realm as a fashion designer and advertising artist for brands such as Pepsi, meanwhile exhibiting works in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. Fairey’s works have been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the world, notably including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (2011); the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA (2010); and the Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD (2005).

Selected Public Collections:
The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery (Washington, D.C.)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA)
Victoria and Albert Museum (London, UK)

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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Area: Margin
Location: Lower right
Notes: Very minor handling crease at the edge of the sheet

Degree: Minor

Definition Key
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.

Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

  • Pickup Location: California, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 36 x 24 in. (91.44 x 60.96 cm.)
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