Obama 'Hope' poster artist, Shepard Fairey, arrested


Shepard Fairey, the artist behind the iconic Barack Obama “Hope” poster was arrested in Boston Friday night, accussed of “tagging” property with graffiti, the Associated Press is reporting. Fairey, 38, was en route to the Institute of Contemporary Art to inaugurate his exhibition, “Supply and Demand.” The charge is a misdemeanor, and Fairey is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday. He’s accused of tagging two separate locations with graffiti based on his famed Andre the Giant street art. Notably, Fairey is also being sued by the AP, which is accusing him of copyright infringment. The AP says Fairey’s portrait of Obama on the “Hope” poster is based on an AP photograph of the president. Fairey says use of the photograph falls under the legal definition of “fair use.”

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  • invaliduser

    fairey is one of the greatest street artists in the world today. this is a sad commentary on undervalued art and artists in general

  • Pablo Basquiat

    First of all, the work lacks originality.
    If people knew their art history a little better, they would see that Shepard is simply strip mining the past to further his own status, claiming he is creating cutting edge designs that represent today’s current times that we live. Wrong. It is actually a gigantic rip from Russian Constructivism poster art. The same red and black flat colors with a call to action.
    Founded in 1913 by Vladimir Tatlin, the Russian Constructivist movement developed from Cubism in Russia and the Bauhaus School in Germany. The term Constructivism is used to define non-representational relief construction, painting, kinetics, and sculpture. As a response to changes in technology and contemporary life at the time, it advocated a change in the art scene, aiming to create a new order in art and architecture that referenced social and economic problems. The movement even had a ‘manifesto’, as does Shepard.
    It is ironic he has created a poster that asks for change,

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