Shepard Fairey

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As a founding member of the Raiz Up Collective in Southwest Detroit, Antonio Cosme, 28, has been an outspoken critic of the city’s redevelopment regime: speaking at public meetings, interrupting the mayor’s state of the city address, and using his own body to prevent officials from shutting off a pregnant woman’s water supply in the middle of Ramadan.

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Australian senator Jacqui Lambi recently produced her own portrait that riffs off the famous Obama poster, but with the words “TRUST” instead of “HOPE.”

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on July 14, 2015

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On this week’s art crime blotter: Shepard Fairey turns himself in to Detroit Police, London police swarm an artist carrying a cardboard tube near Buckingham Palace, and an artist is arrested for “abstracting electricity.”

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The street artist Shepard Fairey may get a lot of laughs when he visits Portland, but if he sets foot in Detroit anytime soon things will get very serious.

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In the seven years since Shepard Fairey created what might be, to date, the most iconic artwork of the century — the “Hope” poster for Barack Obama’s 2008 US presidential campaign — its subject has had to make a lot of compromises and its creator has lost a lot of hope.

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A Documentarian of Creative Disruption

by Sarah Walko on March 31, 2015

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Ondi Timoner is the only two-time recipient of Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize for documentaries. She’s also the founder and CEO of Interloper Films, a full-service production company based in Pasadena, California, that continually releases videos through an online video portal, A Total Disruption.

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Post image for Shepard Fairey Hawks “Radical Art Supplies” on ‘Portlandia’

“You wanna be radical? This is the radical store for you,” says Phil (Fred Armisen) of Shocking Art Supplies in a skit from a new episiode of Portlandia that features a guest appearance by street artist and branding guru Shepard Fairey.

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Now that street artist Shepard Fairey has designed a mission patch that will travel to the International Space Station, will other artists be drawn to this extraterrestrial exhibition opportunity? Here is a look at some other artist collaborations on patches.

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The Aesthetics of Democracy

by Ben Valentine on December 25, 2012

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BERKELEY, California — This election year both candidates used overly aestheticized imagery for their campaigns, but what is the place for quality art in our democracy?

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Does Barry McGee Have Something to Prove?

by Ben Valentine on October 11, 2012

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BERKELEY, California — Recently I went on my first visit to the Berkeley Art Museum to see their Barry McGee show. To be honest, I was mostly indifferent to McGee walking into the show, and largely skeptical about graffiti or street artists’ role in a museum setting. Although the show convinced me of McGee’s talent, it still left me wondering about representing graffiti institutionally. Having studied painting and printmaking at a San Francisco Art Institute, and several large shows in museums and galleries across the world, the San Franciscan native who garnered fame for street tags like Ray Fong, Lydia Fong, Bernon Vernon, Ray Virgil, and Twist is no outsider artist anymore.

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