From my review of Shepard Fairey “Supply and Demand” at Boston’s ICA:
Shepard Fairey and his show "Supply and Demand" arrive at the Institute of Contemporary Art like a guerrilla general emerging from the jungle after his forces have taken the capital. There's still some sniping going on (the Associated Press says the Los Angeles street artist's ubiquitous Obama "Hope" poster infringes on copyright because the image is too closely based on an AP photo, and Globe editorial cartoonist Dan Wasserman calls him a "graphic pickpocket"), but it's clear who's won the battle.Read the rest here.
Property owners across the area have invited him — a guy arrested 15 times (including this weekend's Boston bust) for sticking stuff where people didn't want it — to poster their walls. Fairey's banner — his trademark Andre the Giant icon — is pasted atop the ICA façade. And, as you've likely heard, Obama won.
The ICA bills "Supply and Demand" as Fairey's first museum survey, and perhaps the first major museum exhibit of a street artist. The show — some 250 works spanning 20 years — is pretty awesome. It doesn't hurt that Obama is in the White House; all Fairey's prints hating on the Bush administration would be a lot pricklier — and make you feel like shit — if things had gone the other way. But time is on Fairey's side. It's probably the hottest show in the nation right now.
Shepard Fairey “Supply and Demand,” ICA, 100 Northern Ave., Boston, Feb. 6 to Aug. 16, 2009.
Shepard Fairey posters Cambridge.
Pictured from top to bottom: Shepard Fairey in front of “Obey Middle East Mural” at the ICA; Fairey in front of “Obama Hope” at the ICA; case of Fairey Obama-related stuff including framed letter from Senator Obama to Fairey, Feb. 22, 2008 (click on photo to read enlarged letter) and Time magazine cover, Dec. 29, 2008/Jan. 5, 2009; case including “Original Andre Artwork” from June 1989 (standing upright next to OK Cola can); back of “Original Andre Artwork” with note by Fairey’s then roomate; “Obey 3 Face Series,” 1996; “Obey Middle East Mural,” 2009; Fairey speaks to the press; rubyliths from 1997 to 2008; poster grid; “Obey” on front of ICA; “Obey Revolution Girl,” 2005; “Obey Icon Pole,” 2000; “Obama Hope,” 2008; “Mujer Fatal,” 2008; “Obey Angela Davis,” 2005.