quarta-feira, 7 de janeiro de 2009

US National Portrait Gallery Gets Obama Poster

Obama poster
Shepard Fairey’s poster of Obama hanging in Paris, one of a million or so places that the portrait turned up in 2008. (Ed Alcock for The New York Times)

Shepard Fairey’s ubiquitous illustration of President-elect Barack Obama, seen in rallies, parties, shop windows and construction sites throughout the 2008 election season, has found a permanent home. The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., announced that it had acquired Mr. Fairey’s work for its collection. The portrait, a mixed-media stenciled collage that depicts Mr. Obama above the word “hope,” was created by Mr. Fairey, a Los Angeles-based artist known for rock-music album covers and a sticker campaign featuring the wrestler Andre the Giant. In a release, Martin E. Sullivan, the director of the National Portrait Gallery, said that the Obama poster was “an emblem of a significant election, as well as a new presidency.” The portrait is expected to be on display by Inauguration Day.

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A slide show of works by Shepard Fairey can be found here.

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