Shepard Fairey

If you're an Obey fan or are into the art of Shepard Fairey we have just received a couple of great books in store which may just tickle your fancy:-

First up is "May Day - The Art of Shepard Fairey", a newbie for us here at Fat Buddha. Following the final exhibition before the closing of New York’s seminal DeitchProjects, May Day is simultaneously a call for heightened awareness and a celebration of the rebirth embodied in revolutionary movements. With energy and urgency befitting the title May Day, Fairey captures the radical spirit of his subjects, using portraiture to celebrate the artists, musicians and political activists he most admires. Fairey says, “These people I’m portraying were all revolutionary in one sense or another. They started out on the margins of culture and ended up changing the mainstream. When we celebrate big steps that were made in the past, it reminds us that big steps can be made in the future.” In Fairey’s mind, the persistence of difficulties in the political, environmental, economic, and cultural arenas points to the definition of May Day as a distress signal: “By now we thought we would be in post-Bush utopia, but we’re still having to call attention to these problems.” Like any mayday call, however, the sounding of the alarm also brings hope for help on the way. “If we stay silent, there’s no hope,” Fairey muses. “But if we make noise, if we put our ideas out there, then maybe we can make a change like the people in the portraits have done.”

Second up is one we've had before but now as a new 20th Anniversary Edition! From Obey to Obama and all that´s in between, Supply & Demand, The Art of Shepard Fairey - 20th Anniversary Edition expands upon the previous version of this book and adds 100 new pages of illustrations and text to showcase Fairey´s entire body of work, a massive retrospective covering 20 colorful years. Recently thrust into the spotlight for his image of Presidentelect Barack Obama, Fairey helped catalyze a movement from his unique vantage at the intersection of art, popular culture and politics. The book includes versions of ‘the’ image as well as a copy of correspodence from the soon-to-be President himself thanking Mr. Fairey for his support. Through the lens of esteemed writers and critics such as Carlo McCormick, Steven Heller, Henry Rollins, Rob Walker, Roger Gastman and more, readers can learn about Shepard Fairey, the roots of the omnipresent OBEY street art campaign, his design practice and prolific gallery exhibitions. This massive book pulls no punches and all areas of the enigmatic artist´s work, travels and travails are illuminated.From exhibitions, posters, flyers, silkscreens, and stickers to high altitude pursuits, citations, and police beatings, it´s all documented in a museum quality layout and binding. The evidence is in, and it´s clear that Shepard Fairey is not one to rest on his laurels, the work must go on. For both long time fans wanting the complete collection and those just curious to know what this OBEY business is all about Supply and Demand is the answer.

Both of these titles are available in store NOW and will be available online in the next few days so keep an eye out for that! These are very exclusive, we only have two of each so make sure to be quick if you want to get your pals on them! Also remember to keep an eye on the rest of our new publications being added over the next few days at our webstore!



Anonymous said…
I'll be picking one of these up without a doubt! Shepard's up there on my list of dopest street artists right next to Blek Le Rat! Good looking out Fat Buddha!

Jason 'Midge' Fullerton

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