Shepard Fairey, “Muhammed Ali”
Shepard Fairey, “Muhammed Ali”, 2006 Artist Proof, Signed.
Expanding on the legacies of artists such as Keith Haring and Andy Warhol, Shepard Faireyâ€™s practice disrupts the distinction between fine and commercial art. A major artist of the street art movement, Fairey rose to prominence in the early 1990s through the dispersion of posters, stickers, and murals, related to his Obey Giant campaign, which yielded an international cultural phenomenon. Faireyâ€™s iconic poster of President Barack Obama was adopted as the official emblem associated with the presidential campaign and encapsulates a number of recurring concerns in the artistâ€™s work, including propaganda, portraiture, and political power.
American, b. 1970, Charleston, South Carolina, based in Los Angeles, California