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Great Guitars: Wayne Kramer x West Coast Premier of “The Beast and the Angel”- TONIGHT!!

Join us tonight as we welcome legendary recording artist, Wayne Kramer, as he spends an evening in the Clive Davis Theater discussing his career as a musician, film and television composer, producer, guitarist and activist. The evening will also feature the West Coast premiere of Shira Piven and Adam McKay’s short film: The Beast and the Angel. This piece touches on Kramer’s journey from addiction to sobriety, and authentically captures the spirit of this iconic guitarist. Kramer first came to fame in 1968 as the teenaged founder of controversial Detroit rock band, the MC5. After releasing hit albums such as Kick Out the Jams and High Time, Kramer embarked on his own journey as a prolific solo artist. He not only produced emerging bands in Detroit and NYC, Kramer co-wrote an R&B musical, joined acid funk outfit Was (Not Was) as its original guitarist, started Gang War with NY Dolls guitarist Johnny Thunders and, in 1994, signed with Epitaph Records and released four albums for its owner Brett Gurewitz in as many years. Kramer remains an influential modern music icon for not only his stellar guitar skills and original score heard in commercials, TV series and documentary and feature films, but for his commitment to service in the arts. Kramer was named one of Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest guitarists of all time and Kramer now devotes as much time and energy to his charity — Jail Guitar Doors with co-founder Billy Bragg — as he does writing and recording music. Hosted by Vice President of The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares, Scott Goldman, Kramer will engage in a rare interview and will perform an acoustic set.

For ticket information to tonights event, please click here.

NEW Diamond Dust Print Series… unveils TONIGHT at the LA Art Show!

 This new series of prints are Shepard Fairey’s first use of diamond dust printing. The series is comprised of 4 stunning prints of floral ornament abstraction utilizing white and black diamond dust. The new medium, diamond dust, adhered to the surface of the screen prints is a shimmering and elegant material. Perhaps most famously used by Andy Warhol, who understood perfectly how to convey a message, Diamond Dust was used to add glamour, transforming ordinary images into coveted objects .  The material aligns with Shepard’s work and interest in the seduction of advertising and consumerism. Diamond Dust, literally and metaphorically is superficial, applied to the surface of the print, the luminous effect is both beautiful and alluring.

 

For more information or to purchase, please stop by Paul Stolper Gallery at the 2013 LA Art Show January 23 – 27; booth # 724 or contact Paul Stopler Gallery directly. Opening price: $1500.

 

(Please note, this series is ONLY available via Paul Stolper Gallery).
LA Art Show
Los Angeles Convention Center
South Hall J and K, 1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Thank you for your support!

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Winston Smith x Frank Kozik @ Varnish, SF

Two of my biggest inspirations in music related art are doing a show together Feb. 2. If you are in the Bay area check out Winston Smith and Frank Kozik‘s show at Varnish. Winston did a ton of the great art for the Dead Kennedy’s and Alternative Tentacles, including the logos for both. Frank Kozik is one of the all-time most prolific rock art poster makers and did the “Houdini” cover for The Melvins. I’m sure the show will kick ass so you should pay your respects.

-Shepard Fairey

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Zeitguide 2013

 My good friend and frequent source of good advice, Brad Grossman, does a great project called Zeitguide as both an online and print publication. The purpose of Zeitguideis to keep cultural creatives on top of the rapidly changing world and provide insight into what’s going on in every profession and field. At  www.zeitguide.com, you can see a portion of the 2013 Zeitguide and if suitably enticed you can purchase the book and digital access. Brad is one of the most culturally and technologically aware people I know, so if you want to stay ahead of the bewildered herd, check out  www.zeitguide.com
-Shepard

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Let Fury Have the Hour – Premiere’s in LA this FRIDAY!

My friend, Antonino D’ Ambrosio made a fantastic documentary; “Let Fury Have the Hour” which will premiere here in LA this Friday at the NoHo 7 in North Hollywood.   Following the 7:30pm screening, Antonino, MC5’s – Wayne Kramer and I will be hosting a Q&A session.  We will be giving away 3 signed and numbered screen prints (Let Fury Have the Hour – Film,  Own the Future and Let Fury Have the Hour – Book) to random attendees who participate in the Q&A discussion.  (Co-signed Shepard Fairey & Antonino D’Ambrosio).   Don’t forget to pick up a copy of Antonino’s book – Let Fury Have the Hour.
See you at the show!
-Shepard Fairey
Check out what Rosanne Cash has to say about the film:
“This is the most important documentary I’ve seen in many years. D’Ambrosio traces the current social, economic, political and spiritual chaos of American ‘exceptionalism’, ruthless individualism, and cultural division back to its roots. ‘Let Fury Have The Hour’ reminds us of the beauty and necessity of ‘creative response’ and provides a vision, a real vision, of what citizenship means. We owe Antonino D’Ambrosio our collective gratitude.’
–Rosanne Cash

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Voice of art – Migration is Beautiful

My friend and fellow artist/activist Favianna Rodriguez is part of a great doc series on immigrant rights. Check it out and understand that immigrants are not hurting the U.S. middle class, corporate outsourcing is. Thanks for caring.

-Shepard

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Guerro Gallery x By Way of the South

If you are in the bay area this weekend, do not miss “By Way of the South” curated by our late friend Justin Van Hoy.  The exhibition features collected works from influential peers, professors, and colleagues all connected to South Carolina.  In addition, the Guerrero Gallery Project Room will display works from artists featured in Justin’s book Milk and Honey, Contemporary Art in California.  Come out and please show your support!

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Ascending Human x Ethos Gallery

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Sound and Vision Episode 2

This week we’re premiering part 2 of our series on Shepard’s art show Sound & Vision in London from October. In this episode Shepard talks about the progression of his art from stickering to murals and his intentions with the work. We look at the progression of a street installation based on a Jamie Reid piece (most famous for his work with the Sex Pistols) and Shepard discusses the attention he gets while working now as opposed to the days when only the police seemed to pay attention to what he was doing. Click here to check out part 1 if you haven’t seen it yet.

 

Sedation Pill

UPDATE: Print orders will start shipping on Wednesday Jan 16th.

The “Sedation Pill” print is inspired by the title of my favorite Public Enemy album “It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back”. I think the biggest problem in America is the indifference and complacency about important issues that results from much of the population being perpetually hypnotized by conspicuous consumption, social media, entertainment, and self-medication. Using sedation and escapism for relief from the rat race might make us less aware (blissfully ignorant)  but also less empowered to improve our role within the rat race… a vicious cycle of cause and effect.
-Shepard Fairey

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