Shepard Fairey, ‘Global Warming’, 2009, Julien's Auctions

Besides propaganda, nationalism, and institutional authority, environmental activism dominates the Obey Giant's oeuvre. In Global Warming, Fairey tackles the much debated environmental phenomenon that has dominated the Democratic party's political agenda throughout the last century. The sunbathing woman in the print covers herself with a newspaper whose headline shouts "Are we betraying our planet?" Shepard Fairey perverts the title of the popular paper "The Sun" to "Obey The Daily Sun" further exploiting the sun's role in global warming. The paper goes on to address the neglect of the Republican party or the United States' 'right wing' with a byline reading "Right Wing Denies Science." Fairey is not one for subtleties in his Obey propaganda.

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Signature: Signed and dated in pencil lower right "Shepard Fairey 09", Numbered in pencil lower left 28/450

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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, SC, United States, based in Los Angeles, CA, United States