AP, Photographer to George Zimmerman: “Copyright Violation” on Latest Painting

By: Saturday January 25, 2014 11:50 am

Trayvon Martin’s acquitted murderer George Zimmerman has been slapped with a cease and desist letter by the Associated Press over his latest piece of artwork crap painting. The painting, featuring Florida State Attorney Angela Corey, is clearly copied form an widely circulated AP photograph, taken by Rick Wilson. Wilson also retained legal counsel to uphold his copyright.


Late Night: SXSW Eco (with Shepard Fairey), Bytegeist Will Be There!

By: Wednesday September 4, 2013 8:00 pm

SXSW has grown since its inception as a local Austin music festival in 1987. Now in its third year, SXSW Eco is a spinoff devoted to sustainability in design, technology and industry.

Today, event organizers announced street artist Shepard Fairey as a keynote speaker at the event. Best known as the creator of the OBEY GIANT guerilla art campaign and the famous Obama “Hope” poster, Fairey now involves himself in environmental causes. In a press release, SXSW Eco Program Manager Chris Sonnier said, “We passionately feel that Shepard embodies one of our fundamental missions as a conference: harnessing culture to drive solutions for our world.”

Late Night: Shepard Fairey Makes Art Not War

By: Tuesday February 26, 2013 8:00 pm

My neighborhood just got an art upgrade from Shepard Fairey. Our local independent hardware and art supply store Baller Hardware, which is a perfect name for a store in Silver Lake, had a huge boring beige wall, so Fairey, who is friends with the owner and shops at Baller, spent the last two days with a two (cute) dude crew putting up a mural. Since it’s just down the road from me, I went back a few times and documented the process.

Shepard Fairey Pleads Guilty in “Hope” Poster Case

By: Saturday February 25, 2012 5:00 pm

Shepard Fairey pleaded guilty to one count of criminal contempt for manufacturing evidence, destroying documents, and other misconduct in his case involving his “Hope” poster of Barack Obama. Reprehensible that he did behave so badly. It makes him look like a spoiled little rich kid who was trying to cover his ass when he got caught doing something wrong.

Michael Stipe, Viggo Mortensen, Daniel Ellsberg and Others Demand Obama Investigate Degrading Treatment of Bradley Manning

By: Friday March 18, 2011 2:10 pm

Today I joined with Michael Stipe, Viggo Mortensen, Daniel Ellsberg, Roseanne Cash, Tom Morello, Jesselyn Raddick, Shepherd Fairey and others to demand that President Obama and Secretary of Defense Gates investigate the degrading treatment that Bradley Manning is being subjected to at the Quantico brig.

FDL Movie Night: New Brow: Contemporary Underground Art

By: Monday April 12, 2010 5:00 pm

Tanem Davidson’s New Brow: Contemporary Underground Art presents a through line for the development of this uniquely American genre of painting which burst out of Abstract Expressionism through the Pop Art’s screened realism into a chrome flecked, hyper-sexualized, fuel-injected dream state. The icons of childhood–Rat Fink, hot rods, movie monsters, robots, toys, cartoons–conjoin in transgressive, illicit intercourse with tikis, animals, dead presidents, dollar signs, slogans, guns, girls, raw meat, and bombs; characters live in their own universes fraught with action and symbols, caught in moments just before, just after Something Happened.

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