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Mysterious death of Freddie Gray / police brutality

If you’ve been following what is going on in Baltimore, you know that there have been protests and unrest in response to Freddie Gray’s mysterious death as a result of his arrest by police that left his voice box crushed and 80% of his spine severed. Some people want to focus on poor behavior by protesters and broken windows instead of the systemic issues with the police and economic injustice. The son of the owner of the Baltimore Orioles and COO of the organization made a courageous statement looking at the root causes of the unrest. Like him, I’m a firm believer in non-violence, but he makes great points about the sources of struggle and frustration in Baltimore and other cities across America.

-Shepard

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Interpolation 7″

We just completed the LA version of the Interpol collaboration in Echo Park. It’s great timing since, like many of you, I just saw them at Coachella. This is the 7-inch that we worked on together for Record Store Day.  We are selling 150 of the 7-inches on April 28 so if you didn’t find it in a shop, check our website. Thanks as always for caring!  -Shepard

SOLD OUT / THANK YOU!

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Juxtapoz Features the work of Søren Solkær!

Check out this great Juxtapoz Magazine video showcase with photographer Søren Solkær about his latest project Surface: Portraits of Street Artists! If you’re in the LA area be sure to stop by the opening of Soren’s show at Subliminal Projects this Saturday! Get the details HERE and check out the video below.

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The Underground Museum auction is LIVE!!

Check out the many works of art up for auction to support The Underground Museum! You can view my piece, Endless Power, and all other works HERE!

Auction is currently live and ends May 7th.

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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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