USAToday: Obama’s ‘Hope’ portrait goes to national gallery

From USAToday: Obama’s ‘Hope’ portrait goes to national gallery

Even before he takes office, President-elect Barack Obama’s image will become part of the permanent collection at the U.S. National Portrait Gallery, the museum announced Wednesday.

The gallery acquired the iconic red, white and blue collage by Los Angeles street artist Shepard Fairey, depicting Obama with the word “Hope.” The image — later modified with the messages of “Change” and “Vote” for the Obama campaign — became one of the most memorable images from the 2008 election. The curators at the Smithsonian Institution museum plan to hang it by Inauguration Day.

Like Shepard Fairey’s Obama Hope needs any more validation as one of the more recognizable images in Presidential election history.  This particular version of the image is a stenciled mixed-media collage that stands 5 feet tall. 

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