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Burroughs 100 Years

I collaborated with Kate Simon, the photographer behind the first Clash album cover and the Bob Marley “Kaya” cover, on this image of writer William S. Burroughs in celebration of what would be his 100th birthday on Feb. 5th. Burroughs is often associated with the Beat writers and collaborated with Jack Kerouac, but in his long career he produced an amazingly diverse body of writing.  Burroughs was a true outsider and his voice was consistently provocative and evocative. As a  drug user and explorer of the seedier side of things, Burroughs had a disdain for authority and the square life. I love his quote “how I hate those who are dedicated to producing conformity”. I read Naked Lunch in high school, and I was fascinated by it, but I found it challenging. I have recently been reading Word Virus, a compilation of Burroughs’ writing, at Kate Simon’s recommendation. Word Virus is a great intro if you are unfamiliar with Burroughs. Kate also shot the cover image for the book.    -Shepard

I was taken by William Burroughs’ presence and intelligence from the first time I was introduced to him, by: Lester Bangs in 1975. He was thrilling to listen to. When you heard him speak, you felt that you were privy to such a rare mind. Even in small-talk, he spoke with perfect economy of language. His shoots with me were very collaborative and it was an incredible opportunity to be able to photograph him over the course of twenty years.

Kate Simon

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ACLU’s Constitution Day Winner

The ACLU is an organization I believe in strongly, especially in this current climate of fear and shrinking civil liberties. I was recently asked by the ACLU to judge a school contest of art dealing with civil liberties in America. The kids put some great stuff together and I think the winning submission by middle school students from Hasten Hebrew Academy in Indianapolis, demonstrates a strong understanding of important issues as well as a great visual solution. I’m very happy to support a project that combines creativity with social consciousness.
-Shepard

Visit: constitutionday.aclu.org

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Face to *Face Collaborative Print x Book Launch

My good friend D*FACE asked me to write an essay for his monograph: D*FACE – One Man & His Dog.  I was honored to do it because we are long time friends and I’m a big fan of his art.  His book turned out incredible in both design and content.  I’m proud to be part of it. For D*Face’s LA book launch we decided to do a collaborative print signed by both of us.  The edition is only 200 so get them while you can!
-Shepard

Book Launch & Print Release
Wednesday, Feb 5th
5pm – 8pm

Stephen Webster
202 N Rodeo Drive
Beverly Hills, 90210
stephenwebster.com

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Avenues & Alleyways Recap x Subliminal Projects

Tim Armstrong’s opening on Friday night was amazing. It was Tim’s first solo art show and we hung about 80 pieces of fine art spanning several years, plus a series of 45, 7″ screen prints. The response was fantastic with a huge crowd of art fans and punk rockers showing up to see the art and the Tim Timebomb & friends music set. The music sounded fantastic with Tim rocking assisted by members of The Interrupters and guests including Travis Barker, Skinhead Rob, and Matt Freeman! The art went over very well and has mostly sold. There are a few 7″ print box sets left and a few show posters, so snag ‘em while you can if you missed the opening!  The Avenues & Alleyways Box Set and Show Print will only be available for in-person purchases, at Subliminal Projects, until this Thursday.  On Thursday, January 30th, the remaining box sets will be sold online at OBEYGIANT.com,

– Shepard

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THE HALSEY INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART X SHEPARD FAIREY: POWER & GLORY

The Insistent Image:
Recurrent Motifs in the Art of Shepard Fairey and Jasper Johns

CHARLESTON, SC – The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art celebrates its 30th Anniversary with an exhibition by Shepard Fairey and Jasper Johns – two world-renowned artists, spanning two generations, both originally from South Carolina.  The Insistent Image: Recurrent Motifs in the Art of Shepard Fairey and Jasper Johns features new work by Shepard Fairey and a survey of prints from 1982 to 2012 by Jasper Johns. The exhibition is curated by Mark Sloan, senior curator and director of the Halsey Institute.

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Radical Cat Print

The response to my Radical Cat art has been strong, so I did a small edition of 100, 8×10 prints of the image to offer at the Cat Art show on Jan. 25. 8×10 is a standard frame size so the whole shebang should set you back less than $40 bucks. Plus, part of the proceeds go back to them cats livin’ on the streets. Word.
-Shepard

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Green Power print

This “Green Power” poster is part of the art I’m working on for my upcoming POWER & GLORY art show at The Halsey in Charleston S.C. I’m honored to be showing there concurrently with Jasper Johns.   My show explores the various notions of American power and glory in terms of industry, authority, energy, the environment, politics, vice, and virtue. Keep an eye out for more.

-Shepard
18 x 24 inch screen print. Signed and numbered edition of 450.  $45, limit 1 per person/household.
Release date: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at a random time between 10 and 11am PST in PRINTS.

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She’s Drunk All The Time x Tim Timebomb & Friends

We’re getting really excited for Tim Timebomb‘s performance on Friday. Do yourself a favor and check out the track “She’s Drunk All The Time” by Tim Timebomb & Friends! We’ve been rocking this while we count down the days until Tim Armstrong’s show Avenues & Alleyways.

timtimebomb.com

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LA ART FAIR x POWER & GLORY

I stopped by the opening of the LA Art Fair where I debuted my first prints to incorporate foil block printing. I was very happy to see the full set of Power & Glory prints framed and displayed. Paul Stolper published the prints and the printing is impeccable and luxurious. The foil has to be seen in person to be truly appreciated. If you are in LA, stop by the fair this weekend to see them, or get in touch with Paul if you can’t make it by.
-Shepard

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CAT ART SHOW LOS ANGELES

Los Angeles’s First Cat Themed Art Show Featuring Works By Over 60 Artists Including Gary Baseman, Tim Biskup, Jill Greenberg, Ray Caesar, Marc Dennis, Charlotte Dumas, Martin Eder, Tracey Emin, Mark Ryden, FAILE, Shepard Fairey, Christian Furr, and more.

Opening Reception on Saturday, January 25th, 2014, 7-10pm at 101/Exhibit

6205 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90038

CAT ART SHOW LOS ANGELES is both a meditation and a celebration of the feline form. This exhibition goes beyond heralding felines as domesticated companion, and instead explores their role as muse and inspiration. Aloof one moment and adoring the next, their behavior alone is a constant source of artistic fodder destined for reinterpretation. Then there is their adroit physicality; be it lounging languorously across our still unread newspaper, or their instinctive predatory sensibilities.

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