Just received this press release from the Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center.
Shepard Fairey: Supply and Demand
Guest curated by Pedro H. Alonzo in consultation with the artist, and developed by ICA/Boston
February 20-May, 2010
Levels 4 and 5
The first one-person museum survey of Fairey’s work, Supply and Demand coincides with the 20th anniversary of the artist’s controversial career. It gathers over 80 works created from 1989 to the present, and traces the development of his career from the earliest Obey imagery to his current efforts. Featuring the multi-layered renderings of counter-cultural revolutionaries and rap, punk and rock stars which carry his iconic use of black, white, and red, the show includes screen prints, stencils, stickers, rubylith illustrations, collages, and works on wood, metal, and canvas. First shown at the CAC in Beautiful Losers in 2004, Fairey has developed into one of the most influential street artists of our time. Despite breaking many of the spoken and unspoken rules of contemporary art and culture, his work is now seen in museums and galleries, as well as the worlds of graphic design and signature apparel. Building off of precedents set by artists such as Andy Warhol and Keith Haring, Fairey easily shifts between the realms of fine, commercial, and even political art. Recently, his portrait of Barack Obama drew a new level of attention to the artist’s work, and has been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery.
Fairey was born in 1970 in Charleston, South Carolina, but lives and works in Los Angeles. He graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 1992 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration.
For more information about the exhibit, see my previous blog entry: Shepard Fairey “Supply & Demand” Museum Retrospective coming to Cincinnati