Shepard Fairey, ‘Global Warning’, 2010, Alpha 137 Gallery

Rare Artist's Proof, aside from the Edition of 450
Shepard Fairey's Global Warning, featuring a sunbathing woman covering herself with an aptly titled The Sun newspaper, directly attacks the right-wing who deny the science of climate change, and even features Fairey's own Windmill Power poster as an alternative. This print sold out almost immediately after its release in 2009. Soon after, the image was also featured on a billboard in New York City. Fairey also created a poster of this image for Green Patriot Posters, which publishes action-oriented posters to promote environmental conservation. Most recently, Fairey made worldwide headlines with his installation of a work titled Earth Crisis under the Eiffel Tower, to coincide with the world conference on climate change. Suspended by cables, the massive two-ton globe was covered in geometric floral patterns incorporating depictions of ecological threats. The work offered here demonstrates the artist's abiding interest in this social issue.
This work is a rare artist proof in excellent condition and has never been framed.

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Signature: Signed and dated in pencil lower right; numbered AP lower left

Publisher: Obey Giant

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