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SHEPARD TO JOIN VNA MAGAZINE & URBAN NATION PANEL JUNE 19 IN BERLIN

Urban Nation and VNA Magazine in association with StolenSpace Gallery present a panel discussion with Maya Hayuk, D*Face Art, and Shepard Fairey and Urban Nation Director Yasha Young in this #ProjectM educational initiative to discuss the Impact of Urban Art in Inner City Environments. 
 
To join the discussion in Berlin Mitte on Friday 19th June, 19.30-21.30, RSVP to: [email protected]

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Jane Birkin’s bag as seen on Artnet

I’m far less excited about people spending gobs of money, I mean, record-setting amounts of money, on hand bags than I am about promoting human rights in Burma, but this article has both! Check out my Aung San Suu Kyi sticker on Jane Birkin’s bag! Props to Jane Birkin.
-Shepard

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Support Einstein on the Beach!

Director John Walter is completing his documentary on Philip Glass and Robert Wilson’s avant-garde opera Einstein on the Beach. The film THE EARTH MOVES: A documentary about Einstein on the Beach is on the verge of completion but Walter has launched a Kickstarter campaign to finish the film and release it. Philip Glass created the powerful music soundtrack for the films Powaqqatsi and Koyaanisqatsi which were impactful films with incredibly strong environmental messages. I want to support this particularly because Chuck Close’s portrait of Philip Glass compelled me to want to draw really really well at an early age. I have a very vivid memory of going to the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and staring at that portrait for more than an hour when I was 10-years-old. This documentary needs to see the light of day. Check out the Kickstarter campaign and support it however you can. Thanks! – Shepard

Side bar image by Chuck Close, Phil, 1969 courtesy of Whitney Museum of American Art

Support The Olympic Auditorium Project!

My friend Robert Benavides is working on a feature length documentary about the history of the LA Auditorium. Awesome people from Muhammad Ali to Andre the Giant to Black Flag and Rage Against the Machine did their thing there. The place is an important part of LA history and the history of our culture, so please help them reach their Kickstarter goal so they can complete the film!
-Shepard

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The Shrine shred!

Josh Landau from the band The Shrine sent me this pic of him skating a very nice looking backyard pool. I was happy to see the “OBEY” graffiti in the pool since skateboarding saved my life… it was my gateway to punk, hip-hop, metal, stencil-making, running from cops, and various other forms of rebellion. Check out The Shrine, they are influenced by both Black Flag and Sabbath, with a dash of Thin Lizzy… totally killer music. Rock on. -Shepard

Check out The Shrine’s website HERE. You can also follow them on instagram @theshrine

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SHEPARD FAIREY OPENS MUSEUM SHOW AT CENTRO DE ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO DE MÁLAGA

MÁLAGA, Spain – The CAC Málaga museum presents Your Eyes Here, an exhibition from Los Angeles-based artist Shepard Fairey. Your Eyes Here is not just a historical overview of Fairey’s works, but is a dynamic up-to-the-moment showcase of his artistic evolution influenced by music, politics – peace and war – and environmental issues. The exhibition surveys the artist’s 25-year career, which includes paintings, screen prints, stencils, stickers, rubylith illustrations, collages, photographs, sculpture, and works on wood, metal, and canvas. Your Eyes Here opens to the public Friday, June 26 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015.

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DETROIT ROCKS! THANK YOU!

So, if you’ve been keeping up with my recent art action, you know that the crew and I were just in Detroit doing a bunch of stuff. The trip was amazing and I could not have had a better experience working with Anthony, JJ, Pete and Matt from the Library Street Collective on gallery and outdoor projects. You guys rule! I’ve always loved Detroit because it has so many beautiful textures, old signs, great architecture, and derelict spaces for the renegade artist to fill. Now, it also has some creatively and progressively minded community members who see street art and graffiti as part of Detroit rejuvenation through incubating creative culture. Bedrock was cool enough to offer me a 185 x 55 foot space on their building to do my largest mural to date. I’m very grateful to have such a prominent piece in Detroit. I also painted a smaller mural called “Pattern of Destruction” in the alley called the Beltway, and created 5 smaller (8’x8’ and 8’x12’) panel pieces along the Beltway as part of Library Street’s “Public Matter” project. A bunch of other great artists like Tristan Eaton, Pose, Hush, Vhils, Sam Friedman, and others have contributed to this project. We also did a 14 foot water tower and some other spots. The opening was amazing with a great turnout and very enthusiastic response to all the art in the gallery and on the streets. Thanks Detroit!

The show was a huge amount of work, and I owe a lot of thanks to my crew of assistants, Nic Bowers, Dan Flores, and Rob Zagula for their help executing the murals and putting in the long hours. Thanks also to Jon Furlong and CJ from Obey Clothing for all the great photos, and to Joe Russo for coming out to shoot for Juxtapoz.
-Shepard

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TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT! PRINTED MATTERS / DETROIT OPENING!

Tonight’s the night! Hope to see you all at the opening of PRINTED MATTERS: Creation & Destruction at Library Street Collective. Info below:

PRINTED MATTERS: Creation & Destruction
Opening Reception: May 22, 2015
Location: Library Street Collective
1260 Library Street | Detroit, MI 48226

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Mural wrap up in Detroit!

The mural in Detroit is complete! As always, thank you to my crew and Jon Furlong at Obey Clothing for capturing these photos. Look forward to seeing you all at the opening of Printed Matters tomorrow night at Library Street Collective!

PRINTED MATTERS: Creation & Destruction
Opening Reception: May 22, 2015
Location: Library Street Collective
1260 Library Street | Detroit, MI 48226

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Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington DC 1980-1990 West Coast Screening!

I was really excited to hear of the West Coast release of Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington DC 1980-1990. The early DC hardcore scene had a major influence on my work and life in general. Those who attended the shows during this seminal period will never forget their impact; most of us are still listening to these bands to this day and still drawing inspiration from their tenacious drive and timeless attitude. If you’re in the Los Angeles area be sure to mark June 5th and June 6th on your calendar and catch the release at the Art Theatre in Long Beach!  Click here for an interview with Writer/Director Scott Crawford and more information, including the release of a limited edition t-shirt to accompany the release.

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