As Shepard Fairey’s twenty-year museum retrospective, Supply and Demand: The Art of Shepard Fairey, opens to the public tomorrow at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, a legal case has unfolded involving copyright infringement of Shepard Fairey’s Barack Obama HOPE image. In an article released today by Heillel Italie of the Associated Press, “The AP claims it owns the copyright and wants credit and compensation. Fairey disagrees.” Fairey’s attorney is currently in discussions with the AP. In January, Fairey’s mixed media Obama portrait was installed in the permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., part of the Smithonian Institution, and another collage portrait is currently on view at the ICA Boston. This legal suite follows what Randy Kennedy of The New York Times quoted as “arguably the establishment’s most public embrace of a quintessentially anti-establishment brand of art”, when speaking of the National Portrait Gallery’s acquisition of Fairey’s Obama portrait. Click here to read the full AP article. Boing Boing has also posted Glen E. Friedman’s perspective on the situation, as both photographer and friend of Fairey’s. Click here to read The Boston Globe article on Shepard’s ICA retrospective. Additional news items: Shepard Fairey on NPR; Shepard Fairey on The Colbert Report; Shepard Fairey on Charlie Rose
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Last month, acclaimed photographer Glen E. Friedman’s highly anticipated career retrospective, Idealist Propganda, opened at Shepard Fairey’s Subliminal Projects gallery in Los Angeles. Needless to say, the exhibition received accolades from common observer to critic. Friedman is most famous for his legendary skate/hip hop culture images of Tony Alva, Beastie Boys, Run DMC, and Black Flags to name a few. The show also featured photographs from his cloud series, Recognize.
Boing Boing posted a fantastic interview with Fairey and Friedman on their web site. I posted Part 1 of the interviews the other day, so here’s the next installment. Enjoy!
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