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Shepard Fairey was recently in Miami to receive the Art Wynwood Tony Goldman Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award. Fairey is one of the world’s most admired contemporary street artists, graphic designers, activists and illustrators.
Goldman was a real estate developer who was mainly responsible for the rehabilitation of the Wynwood area of Miami, SoHo section of New York City, and 13th Street in Philadelphia. Goldman died at 69 in 2012. He actually lived in my building on South Beach. His wife still does
Goldman was an early supporter of street art and commissioned Fairey to dress up the warehouse buildings in the cities he was developing. For a street artist, who most of the time illegally drew on abandoned buildings, this was huge.
Fairey is also well known as the founder of OBEY Clothing, and “Andre the Giant Has a Posse” sticker campaign. Fairey really became famous when he created the “Hope” poster for Barack Obama.
His work is included in the collections at The Smithsonian, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Fairey was interviewed by Artnet News last week where I taped the entire encounter. The first half is on video, the balance is my audio post. Fairey was very candid about his political views, other street artists, social responsibility, and commerce working with art.
The conversation was fascinating. Don’t miss a word. The video may be a little shaky, but the content is totally solid.