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Divest/Invest strategy to protect global water resources

Waterkeeper Alliance is an organization I’ve been supporting for a few years because they understand the link between the destruction of waterways, oceans, and aquifers, and the corrupt practices and influence of the fossil fuel industries. We have the power to shift to healthier practices and organizations like Waterkeeper Alliance point the way. Please check them out and give them some support. Thanks for caring.

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My newest book and my first with Rizzoli, COVERT TO OVERT: The Under/Overground Art of Shepard Fairey, comes out tomorrow. I’m very proud of it because I’m not only excited about the content itself but I also think the design and photography are the best of any of my books so far. When I was in art school, I was told that screen-printing and street art weren’t fine art or “real art.” I didn’t listen, and as a result, both have been the key to virtually every opportunity I’ve had as an artist. I’ve never defined myself solely as a street artist, but as someone who believes art is a powerful form of expression that should be utilized and woven into many aspects of the world.
– Shepard

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Check out this great deconstruction of Shepard’s recent New Jersey mural via Brooklyn Street Art. In addition to detailed shots of the mural, the article also features a selection of pictures from Shepard’s latest show, On Our Hands, currently showing at Jacob Lewis Gallery in NYC.

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Shepard in conversation with chris stein via Neuehouse

While Shepard was in New York last week for the opening of his show “On Our Hands” at Jacob Lewis Gallery, he sat down with Blondie co-founder Chris Stein at NeueHouse New York to discuss their common interests in art, culture, and music. Check out the condensed transcript below courtesy of NeueJournal.

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“She-Studies” by Francisco Reyes Jr.

My friend and co-worker Francisco Reyes Jr. just released a great new set of prints based on his illustrations of female figures. Cisco is influenced by punk rock, tattoo art, vintage advertising, and many other mutations of the cultural vernacular. Cisco illustrates with a fluid economy that reduces things to their iconic essence. Check it out!

Click here to go to his web shop.

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NYC Recap / New Pics

I’m just catching my breath after a very very intense but exhilarating week in New York and New Jersey for my “On Our Hands” show at the Jacob Lewis Gallery and accompanying projects like my 143′ x 37’ mural in Jersey City facilitated by Mana Contemporary. I spent the better part of the year working on the fine art and print editions for the collection in the Jacob Lewis Gallery and the Pace Prints Gallery a floor below so it was amazing to finally see it all in frames and on the walls. I am lucky to have a great group of people supporting me in these ambitious productions including my crew of assistants – Dan Flores, Nicholas Bowers, Rob Zagula, Jacob Lewis and his staff, as well as all of my staff in my LA studio; thanks to Jon Furlong from Obey Clothing for his photo documentation as well as his willingness to pick up an X-acto when we were running behind schedule on the large, rough, and challenging wall in Jersey City. Thanks to gallerist Jonathan Levine and Stan Studol and his team from Mana Contemporary for facilitating the mural.

I also have to thank Chris Stein of Blondie for doing a discussion with me at NeueHouse in New York because he is one of my creative heroes and a friend of many of my other heroes including Andy Warhol. Thanks to Rizzoli for helping to facilitate the talk with Chris where we also discussed Chris’s book Chris Stein / Negative and my upcoming monograph Covert to Overt: The Under/Overground Art of Shepard Fairey. The great artists and musicians who came out to see the show is too long a list for me to name drop here tastefully but it should go without saying that it was an incredible honor and quite humbling to be supported by so many people who have inspired me.

If you’re in the New York City area, try to stop by the gallery because these works have a lot of effort put into layers and subtleties that don’t translate well in photographs. Thanks again to everyone who attended or supported the show in any way! – Shepard

Shepard Fairey from Mana Contemporary on Vimeo.

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SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS is pleased to present Covert to Overt, an exhibition documenting the endeavors of Shepard and his team, as seen through the eyes of photographer Jon Furlong. Furlong, based in California, has been working and traveling with Fairey for over a decade. For the first time ever, a selection of Furlong’s photos will be on view to the public, providing an intimate, behind-the-scenes window into the world of OBEY GIANT.

“Documenting Shepard Fairey and the OBEY GIANT crew is not something that is easily captured. This exhibition is my invitation to others to view a world they may otherwise never know or see.” – Jon Furlong, 2015

“Jon Furlong may seem low-key, but like a courageous war photographer, he is ferociously adept at capturing art action as well as the results of the action. Jon has been honing his skills on trips and missions with me and the OBEY crew for almost ten years, even picking up an X-acto knife or spray can when needed. There is no doubt that Jon has a naturally great eye for composition and light, but these OBEY photos are phenomenal because Jon’s complete immersion in the process makes him uniquely qualified to capture significant moments and angles. My new book achieves a new level of quality and intimacy in the documentation of my art process thanks to the photography of Jon Furlong.” – Shepard Fairey, 2015

The opening reception of Covert to Overt is Saturday, October 10 from 8 to 11 pm. The exhibition will close on Saturday, October 24th where Shepard will be signing copies of his new monograph “Covert To Overt,” published by Rizzoli and scheduled for release later this month. An RSVP is required for the reception to: [email protected] For more information visit Subliminal Projects HERE.

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 10 · 1 – 5 pm
Exhibition Dates: October 10 – October 24, 2015

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Shepard hosting Q&A for Brand: A Second Coming

Shepard will be hosting a Q & A at the ArcLight Hollywood THIS FRIDAY for the premiere of BRAND: A Second Coming. The film features Shepard’s friends, Ondi Timoner and Russell Brand, and “documents Brand’s transformation from a comedian to activist over the past five years.” Watch the trailer below.

ArcLight Hollywood
6360 Sunset Blvd.
7:00pm Screening, Q&A to directly follow

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Shepard Fairey Talks Music and Art

Shepard spoke with Sotheby’s about the inspiration behind “Rock Style,” opening today in London.
The exhibit, curated by Tommy Hilfiger and Jeffrey Deitch, features work by leading photographers and artists documenting the style of seminal musicians and their influence on the fashion world. Shepard is the only artist who was asked to make paintings to accompany the photography.

Sotheby’s London S|2
Exhibit Dates: Sept. 22- Oct. 30

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New Artsy Interview

Check out this recent Artsy interview with Shepard, featuring pictures from the latest New Jersey mural, new artwork, and Shepard’s thoughts on the “campaign finance system’s role in climate change.” Click more to read below.

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