Wednesday, February 11, 2009

in the soup twice over

The past year has certainly been an interesting one for Shepard Fairey. I knew nothing about him before I started hearing his name in connection with his now-iconic poster image of Barack Obama.

Now he's in Boston for the opening of his exhibit at the ICA, but he got into a bit of trouble there.

This comes after news of the AP lawsuit for appropriation of a news photograph of Barack Obama. I can't imagine that commentary like this will help his case. Here's more background info on the artist.

His eye-catching style reminds me of Andy Warhol. While I like some of his work, I can't say I'd be thrilled about having my own creative work appropriated and turned into something else.

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