Occupy Wall Street
Once upon a time, Shepard Fairey went to war with the Associated Press for creating his iconic 2008 “Hope” poster for Barack Obama off one of the wire’s copyrighted images. Though they settled the case, the 99% (as it existed back then, in the form of young, pro-Obama liberals who loved street art) were on his side.
Similarly for Jay-Z, a crossover hip-hop artist/entrepreneur that managed to never lose his street cred even while posing for in-flight magazine covers.
So it’s natural that both artists would think that the Occupy Wall Street movement would appreciate their support, even if–just by coincidence–they happened to be profiting from the protests that are all about the wealth disparity in this country. Wrong!
Today, New York City police evicted the Occupy Wall Street protesters from Zuccotti Park and made almost 150 arrests. This morning, we spoke with artist Shepard Fairey, who was recently chosen by the Rauschenberg foundation as its first “Artist as Activist,” for which Mr. Fairey created 100 signed prints of a new poster called “The Future Read More
On Saturday morning, May Day, we announced to friends that this would surely be the best day of all our lives. Nothing invigorates us like warm weather and sweeping pronouncements.
We will not comment upon the success of the best-day plan, but we certainly tried our hardest. Orchestrating the Best Day of Our Lives required Read More
Shepard Fairey anthologizes Art for Obama.
Marie Claire and Today discovers that some successful Manhattan ladies like marijuana.
K8 Hardy is better than you at shopping.
Sully gets a do-over, lands on runway.
If you’ve got some pretty pictures, you can now make a magazine.
The Courier tries to Read More
The Associated Press is countersuing Shepard Fairey over the graffiti artist–turned–lifestyle marketer–turned Obama portraitist’s February 9 suit. According to an AP press release, the AP’s countersuit, which was filed in Manhattan today, claims that Mr. Fairey created his ubiquitous “Hope” poster “fully aware that the [AP photo] was a copyrighted image, misappropriated The Read More
DENVER—Art is to presidential politics what food rations are to war—a necessary component of the enterprise, but nothing one would choose to consume under normal circumstances. In this, as in so many ways, Barack Obama’s campaign is different.
Early on, Mr. Obama captured the fancy of the bicoastal artistic community, and he’s gone Read More
Time is dwindling for Obamamaniacs who hang their allegiance on their walls. Russell Simmons’ Art for Life auction ends tomorrow (July 24) at 2 p.m., and with it, the opportunity to pay over $100,000 for one of three original and unique, soon-to-be iconic Obama ‘HOPE’ stencilings. These approximately 4 feet by 6 inch Read More