Friday, October 03, 2008

Shepard Fairey in the Tenderloin

Shepard Fairey's posters pasted on the sidewalk of Post St. in San Francisco.

Shepard Fairey's posters pasted on the sidewalk of Post St. in San Francisco.

A couple of Saturdays ago my friends and I went to the White Walls gallery for the opening of Shepard Fairey's newest show. It was different then most White Walls openings, because of the popularity of Fairey. Usually you don't have to wait in line to get in, but his show had a line which reached half a block down the alley.

One of my favorite things is that he pasted a lot of his street art around the neighborhood before the show. These are some pictures from the Tenderloin neighborhood in San Francisco of the Obama poster that Fairey designed.

Recently, he's been coming under fire by some critics for his rise in popularity and the money he is making off of counter-culture themed art. I think Fairey has made quite a business out of his creative work and have a hard time blaming a guy for being successful while doing what he enjoys. It is a different sort of following at his gallery shows. He's got a huge group of fans who are maybe into the Obey brand more then they are the fine art world. It is good to see his work progressing into more complex pieces. I love having his stuff pop-up unexpected around the neighborhood for sure!

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