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80//20 Los Angeles

Get ready – this Friday, 10/21/11, LA CANVAS is throwing down with 80//20: a night of art, booze, and music. The 80//20 movement supports the hard work of up-and-coming artists and aims to foster creativity in today’s youth. Friday’s event will showcase pieces by thirty of LA’s best street artists, including  Shepard Fairey (Selected Screen Prints),  Alec Monopoly, CYRCLE, and many more.  80% of sales will go directly to the artist, with 20% benefiting the Inner-City Arts foundation.  Expect DJs, live painting, open-bars, and all around madness. www.EIGHTYTWENTYLA.com  or  www.LACANVAS.com for details

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Where do bohemians come from?

A writer I’m friends with, Elizabeth Currid-Halkett, wrote an insightful piece about the NEA’s funding of initiatives in specific locations to create art related job growth. It is great that Obama wants to stimulate art jobs, but the article points to reasons it may be more complicated than spending some govt. money to create the next SOHO. Check it out

-Shepard

SABER #OCCUPYFLAG

Watch this short film documenting grafitti artist SABER creating a 32×16 foot flag consisting of 64 individual protest signs for the occupyLA protest. if interested in seeing the OCCUPY FLAG go to city hall in downtown los angeles and see whats going on or check occupylosangeles.org or occupywallstreet.org.

directed by saber and greg roman.

 

I am not moving

This video is a good example of “do as we say, not as we do”. Check it out and support the people’s right to peacefully organize.
-Shepard

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYPFLw9S280

Day of the Dead 2011 by Ernesto Yerena

In 2008 Ernesto Yerena and I collaborated on a Day Of The Dead Skull poster. Ernesto is releasing his follow up to that design Mon. Ernesto is always using his art and money from his art for good causes like immigration reform and the Wall Street Occupation. He is a good person to support.  -Shepard

Day of the Dead 2011 / Dia De Los Muertos 2011
by Ernesto Yerena
18×24 Gold Ink Screenprinted on Black Paper
Edition of 75 signed and numbered.
Hand printed by the artist.

Available HERE on Monday October17th.

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Shepard Fairey, RETNA, David Wiseman at the WEHO Library

The City of West Hollywood through its
Arts & Cultural Affairs Commission celebrates the New West Hollywood Library Artists

featuring Shepard Fairey,
David Wiseman, and
RETNA (Marquis Lewis)
in discussion with KCRW’s Frances Anderton

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

pre-reception at here lounge, 6 to 7:30 pm
696 n. robertson west hollywood

program begins promptly at 8 pm
west hollywood city council chambers, 625 n. san vicente
entrance through the autocourt of the west hollywood library

*paid parking available in the west hollywood park parking structure
$6 flat rate after 6 pm

advance tickets $25 / (day of, if available, $35)
www.regonline.com/weholibraryartists
seating is limited, please reserve by Monday, October 17th, 2011
proceeds to benefit art and culture programming at the library

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OCCUPY TOGETHER POSTERS

The folks at occupytogether.org have some cool posters that can be downloaded. Check them out.

-Shepard

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ABOVE: PASSPORT

“I first encountered ABOVE’s art on the streets of Paris in early 2003. His large-scale trademark arrows were painted on roll down gates, trucks and storefronts with impressive coverage throughout the city. ABOVE is extraordinarily driven. To paraphrase Radiohead, “ambition can make you look pretty ugly,” but in ABOVE’s case, his ambition makes the streets look very engaging. I am very impressed by ABOVE’s diligence, but after I got to know him and his artwork more, I began to realize that his output is not evidence of selfish ego, but of a lust for life, a utopian life, where his generosity, and curiosity, and his pursuit of creativity and social-consciousness have led him around the world making more friends than enemies.

ABOVE made the time to act as tour guide for me and my wife and our two young daughters in a city he knows well and we didn’t. The gesture made me greatly value ABOVE’s friendship and reinforced my belief that what you give is what you get. The Karma Police are not coming for ABOVE even if the police vandal squad is.” -Shepard Fairey

ABOVE PASSPORT BOXED EDITION examines the street artist that has blanketed the world with art covering over 90 cities in 60 countries. The book includes hundreds of plates and quotes from artists across the globe and introductory statements by Shepard Fairey, FAILE, Wooster Collective – Marc and Sara Schiller and Tristan Manco.   Edition of 200,  156 pages,  Over 120 color plates.   Price: $250.00
Direct link

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ART FOR TIBET ANNUAL CHARITY EVENT AND AUCTION THIS FRIDAY

More than 50 acclaimed artists will exhibit art works together in support of the Tibetan freedom struggle on October 14th at the Joshua Liner Gallery in Chelsea, New York City. The third-annual Art for Tibet show will feature top contemporary Tibetan and international artists, including Shepard Fairey, Pema Rinzin, Richard Gere, Ryan McGinness, Tenzing Rigdol, Swoon, Gonkar Gyatso, The Sucklord (star of Bravo Network’s “Work of Art” Season 2) and many more.

You can bid on Shepard’s Piece here.

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Asbury Park Recap

A week later we are still catching up from our quick hitting trip to Asbury Park, NJ.  We knocked out some ambitious installations and Shepard threw down a couple of mind blowing DJ sets but most of all it was a real pleasure being introduced to a place that still has its community in the right mind set.  We especially wanted to Thank, Jonathan LeVine, Juicy Jenn, and all the locals that showed up and gave their support.  Below are some links to a few videos and pics of the work we did.  Enjoy.

OBEY ASBURY AFTERMATH – OBEY Clothing Blog

Shepard Fairey, ATP, Take Over Asbury - Video

Shepard Fairey Paints Asbury Park – Video

How I Interviewed Shepard Fairey, and Other Strange Tales – Article

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