Title: Mayday: The Art of Shepard Fairey - New ...
Publisher: Gingko Press
Publication Date: 2011
Book Condition: New
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
An ancient holiday, the International Worker's Day, and a distress signal: Mayday means all of these things and flipping through Mayday: The Art of Shepard Fairey is a little like listening to Talking Head's Life During Wartime: its fun and bouncy yet dead serious at the same time. This is a 1st Edition/1st Printing SIGNED with marker by Shepard Fairey across almost the entire breadth of the title page. Mayday not only includes numerous and striking color plates of works from Fairey's Obey Giant exhibition, but also includes sections on the artist's process, his street art campaigns, and public reactions to his art, as well as essays by Jeffrey Deitch (head of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles) and the writer, visual artist and documentarian Antonino D'Ambrosio. We'll pack it in bubble-wrap and ship it in a sturdy box just as soon as we get your order!. Bookseller Inventory # ABH246
Synopsis: Drawing on work from the final exhibition before the closing of New York's seminal Deitch Projects, MAYDAY is simultaneously a call for heightened awareness and a celebration of the rebirth embodied in revolutionary movements. MAYDAY - The Art of Shepard Fairey is published as a celebration of this evocative collection of paintings from one of the most important artists of our time. Portraits of advocates of the working class and oppressed define the collection. Fairey stakes the claim that artists, musicians and writers such as Joe Strummer, Jean Michel Basquiat, Woody Guthrie and Cornel West all have parts to play in stimulating response to injustice. With energy and urgency befitting the title MAYDAY, Fairey captures the radical spirit of his subjects, using portraiture to celebrate the artists, musicians and political activists he most admires. Says Fairey, These people I'm portraying were all revolutionary, in one sense or another. They started out on the margins of culture and ended up changing the mainstream. When we celebrate big steps that were made in the past, it reminds us that big steps can be made in the future. In Fairey's mind, the persistence of difficulties in the political, environmental, economic, and cultural arenas points to the definition of May Day as a distress signal: By now we thought we would be in post-Bush utopia, but we're still having to call attention to these problems. Like any mayday call, however, the sounding of the alarm also brings hope for help on the way. If we stay silent, there s no hope, Fairey muses. But if we make noise, if we put our ideas out there, then maybe we can make a change like the people in the portraits have done.
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