SHEP­ARD FAIREY: COVERT TO OVERT

ArabAd - - BOOKSHELF - Pub­lished by Riz­zoli USA in Septem­ber 2015

Most well known to the pub­lic for his “Hope” poster, cre­ated dur­ing Obama’s 2008 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, which is said to be the most iconic Amer­i­can im­age since Un­cle Sam, the Amer­i­can con­tem­po­rary street artist, graphic de­signer, and il­lus­tra­tor Shep­ard Fairey has be­come a pop-cul­ture icon him­self, though he has re­mained true to his street-art roots. He has care­fully nur­tured a rep­u­ta­tion as a heroic guerilla street artist wag­ing a one man cam­paign against the cor­po­rate pow­ers-that-be, with his "Obey Gi­ant" street posters. Ros­ing out of the skate­board­ing scene, cre­at­ing his “An­dre the Gi­ant Has a Posse” sticker cam­paign in the late 80's, Fairey has since achieved a main­stream recog­ni­tion that most street artists never find. This new book, Shep­ard fourth, 'Covert to Overt: The Un­der/over­ground Art of Shep­ard Fairey' show­cases his most re­cent evo­lu­tion from works on pa­per to grander art in­stal­la­tions, cross-cul­tural art­works, and mu­sic/ art col­lab­o­ra­tions. The book also in­cludes his ubiq­ui­tous streetwear and chron­i­cles his re­turn to pub­lic art­works. His sig­na­ture blend of pol­i­tics, street cul­ture, and art makes Fairey un­like any other sub­cul­ture/ street artist work­ing to­day. This book show­cases the sig­nif­i­cant amount of art he has cre­ated the last sev­eral years: street mu­rals, mixed-me­dia in­stal­la­tions, art/mu­sic events, count­less silk screens, and work from his ex­tremely suc­cess­ful OBEY brand.

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