Shepard Fairey is a contemporary American street artist, graphic designer, activist and illustrator who works on a variety of media including screen prints, stencils, stickers, collages, and works on wood, metal and canvas. He became widely known during the 2008 U.S. presidential election for his Barack Obama “Hope” poster. His work has been described as “political art with a strong sense of visual style and emotional authenticity.” The Institute of Contemporary Art has described him as one the best known and most influential street artists of his time.
Recently Shepard Fairey installed his largest public mural to date in Sydney Australia. In his iconic limited-pallet, stencil style, Fairey created an image of a young woman with flowers behind each ear holding an Australian flower, the waratah, in her hands. The public mural is the largest, so far, of Fairey’s career, standing 15 stories tall in Sydney’s central business district. “Right now, with what’s going on in a lot of places in the world, there is a lot of friction. The idea that we can be resilient and peaceful is something I would like to convey,” Fairey said about his mural.
Here’s a pretty cool time-lapse video of its installation:
If you want to learn a little more about Shepard Fairey here is a short film shot by Brett Novak who was commissioned by the Halsey Institute of Charleston, South Carolina to spot-light this influential and politically active street artist.
And if you want even more, you’ll be happy to hear that Hulu, the on-demand video streaming service, has “Obey Giant” on their fall line-up. This new film profiles Shepard Fairey’s life and work from his punk-rock and skateboarding days to his meteoric rise to fame during the 2008 presidential election and onward to his present-day artistic activism.
Premiering on Hulu, Saturday, November 11, 2017
Crew: Created and executive produced by James Moll and executive produced by James Franco.
Synopsis: A film profiling the life and work of artist Shepard Fairey, going deep into the world of street art and its role in politics and pop culture. Obey Giant follows Fairey’s rise from his roots in punk rock and skateboarding, to his role as one of the most well-known and influential street artists in the world – through his iconic Obama “HOPE” poster and the controversy that surrounds it.
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So if you are a Salvador Dali fan like we are here at Gallery Art, you have been following the most recent paternity case involving Pilar Abel, a tarot card reader and fortune teller, who has claimed for many years to be the illegitimate daughter of Dali, who died in 1989.
Abel, who is well-known in Spain as a television psychic, claims that her grandmother said Abel’s mother had an affair with the artist before the fortune tellers birth.
A Madrid judge has ordered Dali’s remains to be exhumed after previous tests failed to provide a viable sample of the artists DNA. These tests were done on fragments of the artists skin and hair that were taken from his death masks.
More recently, forensic experts in Spain have removed hair, nails and two long bones from Salvador Dali’s embalmed remains to aid the court-ordered paternity test that may enable the woman who says she is the surrealist artist’s daughter to claim part of Dali’s vast estate.
If paternity is established Pilar Abel, could then claim part of the estate worth hundreds of millions of dollars that Dali left to the Spanish estate.
Officials said that the artist’s mummified remains were so well preserved that even his famous mustache had survived the passing of time and remained in “its classic shape of ten past ten,” referring to the hands on a clock.
Dali, who once said “surrealism is me,” is considered one of the founding fathers of the artistic movement. His works in paint, sculpture and cinema, among other disciplines, are shown in museums all over the world and sought by private collectors.
The world is still waiting for the results of this unbelievable paternity test. What are your thoughts on the situation?
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The self-portrait, which recently sold at Sotheby’s for $7.7 million, was one of the first ten self-portraits that Warhol ever created. Renowned up to this point for his candid depictions of Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, and Liz Taylor, a dealer friend encouraged Warhol to explore his own image explaining that many found his persona and his look as interesting as his artwork.
Warhol obtained the source photograph of this self-portrait from a New York City photo-booth. The use of such unconventional source material was, at this time, completely innovative, having himself just pioneered the use of silkscreen printing in art a couple of years previously.
Warhol also used this new medium to create portraits of many celebrities including Ethel Scull – the New York collector. The resultant painting of Scull is now one of the most celebrated works of Warhol’s early career. Scull described how, to create it, Warhol had taken her to a seedy amusement arcade on 42nd Street: “We were running from one booth to another, and he took all these pictures and they were drying all over the place… I was so pleased.”
More than any artist before him, Warhol’s image, identity, and constructed public persona, were inextricably bound to his art. His self-portraits became the richest and most fertile means for his own self-invention. Starting with this portrait, he turned himself into an icon – as flat, shallow, and immediately identifiable as Elvis, Marilyn, or Liz.
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What would you do if you discovered that your father, who you never knew, might be known and loved through out the world as one of the most important artists of the twentieth century? You’d get a paternity test.
On June 26, 2017, a judge in a Madrid court-ordered that Dalí’s body be exhumed to settle a paternity case involving a 61-year-old Spanish woman named María Pilar Abel Martínez who says that her mother claimed to have had an affair with Salvador Dali while working as a maid for his neighbor and that Dalí is her father.
The judge ordered the artist’s body to be exhumed because of a “lack of other biological or personal remains” to compare to Abel’s DNA.
Abel was born in Figueres, Girona, the same town where Dalí was born and died. Her family has been trying to prove his paternity for a decade. According to the Associated Press, Abel could be entitled to up to 25 percent of his estate if paternity is confirmed.
While the exhumation will likely face an appeal it is clear that Maria Abel might very well be a golden egg.
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