New Clear Power, Shepard Fairey’s first solo exhibition in Germany addresses systems, forms, and notions of power in at the newly opened AMuseum , dedicated to the street art movement. The Amuseum was initiated by the artistic group Positive Propaganda, led by Sebastian Pohl and Overrated Art Inc.
For this exhibition Shepard Fairey decided to use a wide range of mediums (from mixed-media paintings on canvas, stencils, collage, illustrations, and prints) and juxtaposes colours with images, patterns and text, and feature icons like Keith Haring, Greta Thunberg and Edward Snowden to convey clear messages and raise questions as well as voice concerns about various notions of power.
The concepts of power represented in the subject matter of New Clear Power include abuse of power, power concentrated under capitalism, renewable power, political power, the power of creativity, power over information, and the power of controlling narrative. A primary focus of the work is a critique of fossil fuel industries and their contribution to climate change and environmental decline.
In parallel to the exhibition Shepard Fairey and his team with the help of Positive Propaganda, painted a 115 meters wide mural along a stretch of Munich’s city highway, featuring images relating to the oil industry and the urgency of transitioning to renewable sources of power.
Until 30 April 2023
AMUSEUM of Contemporary Art, Schellingstrasse 3, 80799 München
To kick start the 30th Year anniversary of Obey Giant, the Street Art Fest in Grenoble (France) presents the largest exhibition ever organized dedicated to the prolific career of American artist Shepard FAIREY.
Starting in 1989, Shepard Fairey became known for his stickers featuring Andre the Giant, and then for the Obey the Giant campaign. He became world famous by producing Obama’s campaign poster “Hope” in 2008. In France, his ‘Marianne’ portrait, tribute to the victims of Paris terrorist attacks, adorns the office of the French President, while protesters have revisited this image with a blinded Marianne.
Spanning over 30 years (1989-2019), this comprehensive exhibition offers a global vision of the work of the artist with 600 works, with a selection of his best visuals, enriched with anecdotes and detailed information.
From his first hand-made stickers to his latest multilayered screenprints, visitors get to understand the esthetic and dissent messages by Shepard Fairey and his prolific body of work. A chronologic timeline presents a selection of 150 iconic screenprints, complemented by thematic sections like environment, politics, charities, peace, and music. The exhibition curated by Jérôme Catz provide a comprehensive picture of Shepard’s Fairey 30 years career.
Los Angeles-based artist Shepard Fairey is having his first solo exhibition in a Spanish museum at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, curated by Fernando Francés. With over 300 pieces, this is the largest body of work from Shepard Fairey to ever be exhibited. The retrospective ‘Your Eyes Here’ spans over 25 years, and features paintings, silkscreens, stencils, stickers, illustrations, collage, photographs, sculptures and works in wood and metal. The show is structured in thematic sections that retrace Fairey’s artistic influences like music, politics – war and peace – and environmental issues. There are also selected examples of his early works, street art and portraits of musicians, artists and activists, as well as an impressive collection of his screenprints, an essential part of his production.
In parallel to the museum exhibition, he and his team also painted a new ‘Mujer Fatal’ mural in the Soho district and some Obey Giant paste up and stencils could be found across the streets of Malaga.
View the full set of pics from the exhibition here
Shepard Fairey – Your Eyes Here
Until 25September 2015