Shepard Fairey, ‘Cost of Expression’, 2014, Brooklyn Artists Ball

Estimate $250. Best known for his iconic poster of President Obama and “Obey Giant” campaign, Shepard Fairey creates street art whose bold designs disrupt the distinction between high and commercial art. This signed and editioned screenprint of Brooklyn Artists’ Ball honoree Ai Weiwei encapsulates several predominant themes in Fairey’s work, including portraiture, political power, and dissent.

Project in collaboration with Friends of Ai Weiwei and Pace Prints

Reference Photograph by Gao Yuan, 2010

Signature: Signed and numbered

About Shepard Fairey

Expanding on the legacies of artists such as Keith Haring and Andy Warhol, Shepard Fairey’s practice disrupts the distinction between fine and commercial art. A major artist of the street art movement, Fairey rose to prominence in the early 1990s through the dispersion of posters, stickers, and murals, related to his Obey Giant campaign, which yielded an international cultural phenomenon. Fairey’s iconic poster of President Barack Obama was adopted as the official emblem associated with the presidential campaign and encapsulates a number of recurring concerns in the artist’s work, including propaganda, portraiture, and political power.

American, b. 1970, Charleston, South Carolina, based in Los Angeles, California