Saturday, February 07, 2009

Shepard Fairey arrested in Boston

LA street artist Shepard Fairey was arrested on two outstanding Massachusetts warrants around 9:15 last night as he was about to enter the ICA to dj a sold-out dance event there, according to news reports.

Update 11:30 a.m.:
Fairey was arrested on two warrants issued on Jan. 24, 2009, one from Brighton District Court and one from Roxbury District Court, Boston Police spokesman James Kenneally tells me. They charge him with damage to property by graffiti in two locations: (1) Massachusetts Avenue and Newbury Street and (2) a railroad trestle by the BU bridge (this seems to be an Andre the Giant poster on a bridge over the Charles River).

Kenneally said Fairey would probably be held until arraigned Monday. One charming tactic police often use is to arrest people after courts close on Friday, to complicate the process of getting them bailed out and sometimes requiring them to wait all weekend in jail before they can be arraigned on the next business day. Jake Wark, press secretary for the Suffolk County District Attorney, said arraignments would likely take place at both the Brighton and Roxbury courts.

Update 11:44 a.m.:
I'm hearing that Fairey was bailed out around 3 this morning, but I've not been able to confirm this yet.

Update 12:35 p.m.:
ICA statement on Fairey's arrest. The museum confirms that Fairey was "released a few hours" after police took him into custody.

Photo by The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research at the ICA press preview on Feb. 3, 2009.


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