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April 8, 2013 | By Jori Finkel
If Shepard Fairey is not exactly following in the footsteps of Barbara Kruger and John Baldessari, he is driving in their lane. Fairey is the third high-profile L.A. artist who has signed on to participate in the "Arts Matter" public awareness campaign by the L.A. Fund for Public Education, which plasters artwork on city buses and billboards to help get their message out. And his project has a twist. Instead of sitting down now to design a graphic to be reproduced in this way, Fairey is asking L.A. students for a phrase or line to inspire his visuals.
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April 11, 2014 | By Steve Appleford
Barely three months after their release from Russian prison, Masha Alekhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova sit outside a Santa Monica hotel, smoking cigarettes, insisting that their group Pussy Riot is not a band. "People sometimes think we are a musical group and think we can do a performance," Tolokonnikova, 24, says with a smile, leaning forward. Alekhina, 25, nods between drags, and adds, "But it's not true. We're another thing. " Still, the noise from a notorious one-song performance of "A Punk Prayer" inside Moscow's Orthodox Christian cathedral in 2012 was potent and outrageous enough to land the pair a nearly two-year prison stay in the Gulag for what prosecutors called "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.
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May 4, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Shepard Fairey has made his mark on an unexpected spot -- Drew Barrymore's Pinot Grigio. The street artist and actress teamed up to create a label for her eponymous variety that was released last month. The label features Barrymore's family crest and was designed by Fairey's Los Angeles-based creative firm Studio Number One, which counts Disney, Google and Comedy Central among its clientele. The $20 bottle of wine distributed by Wilson Daniels is made from grapes grown in Italy's northeast area of Triveneto.
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March 19, 2014 | By David Ng
They are both outspoken artist-activists who have gotten into trouble with the law in their respective countries. Shepard Fairey, the popular Los Angeles street artist, has created a tribute to Ai Weiwei in the form of a new portrait of the Chinese artist done in Fairey's signature style. The poster depicts Ai in profile using deep red and other dark tones. The portrait also depicts Ai with his head partially shaven and sporting a prominent gash on his scalp. The scar is a reference to the head injury that Ai said he sustained in a confrontation with Chinese police in Chengdu in 2010.
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June 4, 2012 | By David Ng
Shepard Fairey and Neil Young helped to unveil  art dealer Perry Rubenstein's new Los Angeles gallery at a swank party on Saturday. The new art space isn't scheduled to officially open until late June, but Saturday's event was a soft launch attended by the press and a handful of art-world luminaries and celebrities. Fairey was on hand to unveil "Americana," a small exhibition of paintings inspired by songs from Young's new album of the same name. "Americana," by Young and the band Crazy Horse, features re-interpretations of classic American folk songs, including "Oh, Susannah," "Jesus' Chariot" and "Clementine.
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May 15, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Shepard Fairey has a prominent new canvas - or 11. The street artist has teamed up with Neil Young to create the artwork for the rocker's new album with Crazy Horse, "Americana," the band's first release in nine years. Fairey isn't just tagging the cover - he's creating an original painting for each track on the album. The artwork will be for sale at a one-day private exhibition at Santa Monica's Perry Rubenstein Gallery on June 1 and is expected to be on display for the masses in upcoming music videos and the staging of Young's "Americana" tour.
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March 19, 2014 | By David Ng
They are both outspoken artist-activists who have gotten into trouble with the law in their respective countries. Shepard Fairey, the popular Los Angeles street artist, has created a tribute to Ai Weiwei in the form of a new portrait of the Chinese artist done in Fairey's signature style. The poster depicts Ai in profile using deep red and other dark tones. The portrait also depicts Ai with his head partially shaven and sporting a prominent gash on his scalp. The scar is a reference to the head injury that Ai said he sustained in a confrontation with Chinese police in Chengdu in 2010.
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September 8, 2012 | By David Ng, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles street artist Shepard Fairey received a sentence of two years' probation and a $25,000 fine in the criminal contempt case involving his "Hope" poster of Barack Obama. Fairey admitted in 2009 that he destroyed documents and submitted false images in his legal battle with the Associated Press over the use of a 2006 AP photo of Obama as inspiration for the poster. The AP accused the artist of copyright infringement; Fairey maintained that his artwork fell under fair-use laws.
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January 30, 2014 | By David Ng
Los Angeles street artist Shepard Fairey and New York art titan Jasper Johns come from different sides of the country and the contemporary art world, but they are similar in at least one respect: They both hail from South Carolina. The artists will be the subject of a retrospective starting in May in Fairey's hometown of Charleston coinciding with the 2014 Spoleto Festival. The exhibition, "The Insistent Image: Recurrent Motifs in the Art of Shepard Fairey and Jasper Johns," will feature new work by Fairey and a survey of prints by Johns from 1982 to 2012.
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April 16, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Shepard Fairey's first acts of street art have spawned a fictional film, “Obey the Giant.” (The film contains strong language and can be viewed  here .) The 20-minute short is based on Fairey's subversive Andre the Giant "Obey" sticker campaign of the early 1990s designed to challenge the Rhode Island mayor and art school powers-that-be. Director Julian Marshall, a recent grad from the Rhode Island School of Design (also Fairey's alma mater), recently raised $65,000 via Kickstarter to fund the project, which seems to have Fairey's blessing.
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February 15, 2014 | By Hugh Hart
Growing up in a working-class London suburb beset by dull classes and endless winters, Dean Stockton often escaped into a dream vision of California fueled in equal measure by "Back to the Future" and the skateboard bible Thrasher magazine. "When I was 12 or 13," he recalls, "I watched this guy in 'Back to the Future' holding onto the back of a car skateboarding down beautiful-looking streets in the sunshine and I was like: 'That's where I need to be!'" Decades later, Stockton, who signs his work as "D*Face," finally made it to Southern California, bringing with him a cheeky anything-is-fair-game aesthetic.
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February 11, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
Street artists Shepard Fairey and RISK are at it again. For Art Basel Miami last year, the two painted a mural together, known as the “Peace & Justice Collaboration.” On Monday, they teamed up again for another Peace & Justice wall, this time on downtown L.A.'s skid row. The project is a two-mural set on the side of the Rossmore Hotel at East 6 th  Street and Ceres Avenue. It's a joint effort between LA Freewalls' Daniel Lahoda and the nonprofit Skid Row Housing Trust, which plan to put up as many as 30 murals in the area by a variety of artists.
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February 6, 2014 | By Sharon Mizota
Kota Ezawa's re-creations of photographic images in flat, solid areas of color look as though they were run through a Photoshop filter, à la Shepard Fairey. This expressionless, deadpan aesthetic, evoking fashionable illustration techniques, has become a signature for the Japanese German artist. It might feel like a formula if it weren't so effective. Ezawa's success owes in large part to his judicious choice of subjects, which in the past have included the Kennedy assassination and the O.J. Simpson trial.
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January 30, 2014 | By David Ng
Los Angeles street artist Shepard Fairey and New York art titan Jasper Johns come from different sides of the country and the contemporary art world, but they are similar in at least one respect: They both hail from South Carolina. The artists will be the subject of a retrospective starting in May in Fairey's hometown of Charleston coinciding with the 2014 Spoleto Festival. The exhibition, "The Insistent Image: Recurrent Motifs in the Art of Shepard Fairey and Jasper Johns," will feature new work by Fairey and a survey of prints by Johns from 1982 to 2012.
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January 25, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
George Zimmerman's latest artistic endeavor may land him in a legal battle with the Associated Press. AP officials contend that Zimmerman's painting, titled "Angie," directly copies an AP photo, taken by freelance photographer Rick Wilson, of Florida State Atty. Angela Corey, who prosecuted Zimmerman for the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman, who was acquitted last year of second-degree murder in Martin's death, auctioned off his first painting, a signed, 18-by-24-inch blue American flag featuring a part of the Pledge of Allegiance, on EBay for $100,099.99 last month.
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December 23, 2013 | By August Brown
The hotel room was destroyed. A television lay shattered on the ground, surrounded by a shredded pile of photographs and Bible pages, soda cans and broken furniture. On the mangled hotel bed, the sheets were coiled up in a corner, still holding the form of the human responsible for this mess. Just down the hall, Billy Idol and guys from the Sex Pistols, Blondie and Adam & the Ants banged out loud and sloppy Stooges covers late into the night. It's a scene Sid Vicious might have loved if he'd lived to attend the Los Angeles art opening.
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October 10, 2012 | By David Ng
The late Dee Dee Ramone will receive a posthumous gallery exhibition of his artwork thanks to street artist Shepard Fairey. The punk rock musician's paintings will be on display in a show at Fairey's Subliminal Projects gallery in Echo Park scheduled to run Oct. 26 through Nov. 17. "Dee Dee Ramone: A Memorial Exhibition" will mark the 10th anniversary of the musician's death. Ramone -- who was a founder of the New York punk band the Ramones -- was found dead in 2002 in his L.A. home, the victim of an apparent drug overdose.
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December 17, 2013 | By Ellen Olivier
Singer, songwriter and producer Linda Perry has been chosen as the "visionary" for the Art of Elysium's seventh annual Heaven Gala in Los Angeles in January. The Art of Elysium is a charitable organization that brings creativity into the lives of hospitalized children through its network of volunteer musicians, artists, fashion designers, writers, filmmakers and actors. “We create a world around them that's very, very different from the world they're in and we empower the children to see things far beyond their hospital rooms,” says founder Jennifer Howell.
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November 1, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
"Am I dessert?" Neil Young wryly asked the crowd of about 600 who attended the annual concert benefiting the Silverlake Conservatory. He followed a set by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, playing for a crowd who'd paid a minimum of $2,000 a seat to attend the event in the historic Paramour Mansion overlooking downtown Los Angeles. "I think I'm the main course, but I like being dessert. " Young, 67, served up a half-hour-plus solo acoustic set Wednesday that included several of his own cornerstone numbers as well as versions of songs by fellow folk-rockers Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot and Phil Ochs.
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