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Printed Matters & Public Matter show opening in Detroit!

Library Street Collective is pleased to present Printed Matters, a solo exhibition featuring the work of renowned artist Shepard Fairey, who will return to Detroit for the first time in over a decade. Printed Matters is a continuous series of exhibitions, which focuses on the importance of printed material in Fairey’s art. Each exhibition highlights this significance by incorporating a variety of Shepard’s printed material, including serigraphs on paper, editions on wood, editions on metal, and fine art collage. For its next installment, Printed Matters will exhibit in Detroit, Michigan at Library Street Collective (1260 Library Street) and will be on view from May 22nd –August 15th, 2015.

Library Street Collective Presents

Printed Matters & Public Matter
Works By Shepard Fairey

May 22nd — August 15th, 2015

Opening Reception:
Friday, May 22nd, 2015 from 6 p.m. — 10 p.m.

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A special presentation from Shepard / This changes everything!

Today is Earth Day, and like I’ve said before, every day should be earth day! Please stick with me for a second, this is as important as anything I’ve ever said: we (powerful corporations especially) are behaving like the earth is indestructible… and it isn’t! Hopefully, you don’t need to be a “nature” person to understand that this planet is the one we humans and all other species have to live on (Mars fantasies don’t count). We are part of nature, not above it, and when we don’t treat our home well, it will eventually not treat us well. That time is imminent if not already here. I think anyone who appreciates natural beauty can understand why I try to use my art to highlight environmental issues. I was asked to speak at SXSW Eco last year and I decided to create a digital version of my presentation for easy viewing. Please check it out and share it if you dig it.

I also would like to politely but firmly encourage everyone to read Naomi Klein’s book This Changes Everything. OK, now I’d like to more antagonistically say: get off your ass. Whatever COOL things or NOT COOL things you are spending your free time on, that shit is infinitely less important than the future of the planet! I meant to read This Changes Everything right when it came out, and should have, so don’t waste another minute like I did.. get the book now. This book thoroughly and compellingly examines the causes of Climate Change and the systemic roadblocks to reversing it. Please go to http://thischangeseverything.org and read more. You’ll understand how intertwined income inequality, lack of corporate oversight, campaign finance, lobbying, and many other current strands of capitalism are. I’m not ant-capitalism, I’m anti-capitalism without safeguards to protect humanity and the planet. Naomi Klein puts it better than I ever could, so just read This Changes Everything please! Thanks for caring, and by the way, we are all on mothership earth together so lets remember we are all connected! Earth Day every day!

-Shepard

To view Shepard’s presentation click HERE!

 

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The Real NRA: Making a Killing

Shepard obviously feels strongly about the NRA’s influence on legislation and this Brave New Films project is a great opportunity to push back against their manipulation. Support this please!

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SURFACE: Portraits of Street Artists Opens April 25th!

I initially met Soren Solkaer in Copenhagen while I was diligently working on a mural. He asked if he could shoot a portrait of me and very hastily, but deftly did a setup using some red gel and available light that turned out to be a stunning composition (despite the aesthetic deficiencies of the subject!). Soren also gave me his book which is full of amazing portraits of some of my favorite musicians like Franz Ferdinand, the Raveonettes, and Paul Simonon of the Clash. Soren spoke to me about his idea to photograph some of the world’s leading street and graffiti artists with their work. Surface is the ambitious culmination of that idea from 2011 and the book and art show richly capture the subjects and their environments. The show is not to be missed!

-Shepard

SURFACE: Portraits of Street Artists
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 25 / 8-11 PM
Exhibition Dates: April 25 – May 23, 2015
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Subliminal Projects is located at: 1331 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll 33 1/3

Joan Jett is one of the most prolific, bad-ass women in music.  I was honored when Joan asked me to recreate the cover of her 1981 album “I Love Rock ’n Roll,” for its “33 1/3 Anniversary” Deluxe edition coming out this month.  This is one of my early favorite albums and I used to BLAST it in our house as a kid. We didn’t have a great stereo, but it was pressed loud enough to blow the doors off anyway! It is a big deal for me to work with Joan and I am really pleased with how the album design turned out.   If that’s not enough, finally, time has come for Joan’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! To celebrate Joan’s induction and re-release of her classic album, I am offering a limited print run of the design which will be available Tuesday, April 21. Congrats Joan! -Shepard

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Two Days Left to submit YOUR art for Manifest Justice!

Reminder: Now’s the time to submit YOUR art for the Manifest Justice event, and show your work amongst internationally known artists! The deadline for submissions is this Friday, April 17. CLICK HERE for details.

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Limited Edition Interpolation Tee!

Combined with Shepard’s Interpol Billboard and Record Store Day 7-inch, he simultaneously designed this Limited Edition ‘Interpolation’ Tee. Make sure to pick one up this weekend at Coachella or your local Interpol tour stop.

Can’t make it out? Order your shirt via Interpol’s webstore or Obey Clothing before they’re gone!

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A Message from Our Sponsor

The oil and gas industry has long enjoyed a history of strong influence in Washington.  Individuals and political action committees affiliated with oil and gas companies have donated $238.7 million to candidates and parties since the 1990 election cycle, 75 percent of which has gone to Republicans.

These facts only emphasize more and more that our political system is broken.  Gone are the days of democracy and here to stay are the days of a heavily influenced Congress with organizations such as the American Petroleum Institute (API), the industry’s powerful lobbying and trade association, increasing their power to continue to fuel government-backed subsidies.  The hundreds of millions of dollars that the oil and gas industry shell out to employ it’s lobbyists only ensures that policy will never change and our courageous politicians will never stand a chance to reform legislation and repeal these subsidies.

My latest piece, A Message from Our Sponsor, is my interpretation of the powerful, rich, and greedy oil and gas companies and their message to us, the constituents of this “great” democracy. Thanks for caring.

-Shepard

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Get READY FOR the MANIFEST JUSTICE EXHIBIT / SUBMIT YOUR ART!

Get ready for the Manifest Justice art exhibit in Los Angeles, featuring the work of over 200 artists including Shepard Fairey, Swoon, and more as well as activists, as a response against recent incidents of racism and police brutality! Manifest Justice is also hosting an art competition to give YOU the chance to display your work amongst top contemporary artists. Click ‘read more’ below to get the scoop via ArtNet.

“We demand more empathy, more accountability, more economic opportunity, more compassion, more dignity, more power and more opportunity for all,” reads a mission statement on the MANIFEST: JUSTICE website. “We demand healthier communities, which means more from each other; more from our school systems and more from our judicial systems.”

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NEW INTERPOL BILLBOARD / RECORD STORE DAY 7″

We just completed the LA version of the Interpol collaboration in Echo Park. It’s great timing since, like many of you, I’m going to see them this weekend at Coachella. There’s also a 7-inch coming out that we worked on together for Record Store Day, coming up on April 18. Support your local record shop and pick it up. We’ll be selling 150 of the 7-inches releasing on April 28 so if you can’t find it in a shop, check our website. More will be posting soon, thanks as always for caring!

-Shepard

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