Shepard Fairey

Famous Graffiti Artists (Including Banksy) Talk About Banksy’s Troubled New York Work

Banksy’s recent New York appearances are the biggest news in the local art scene, especially because attention-hungry street artists can’t… Read More

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10 Works of Street Art That Went Commercial

Street art purists grumbled this week when the Sincura Group, a concierge company in London, held a members-only event to exhibit Slave Labour, a spray painting by the artist Banksy, which was eventually sold for more than £750,000 ($1.1 million). In an expression of self-assurance that bordered on defensiveness, Sincura’s director told Bloomberg that this was mission accomplished. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds In Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we met some of the smartest musicians in rock ‘n’ roll history. We learned what inspired Clint Eastwood to yell at a chair. We decided that death metal scares a lot less when it’s being sung by a little girl who’s wearing fairy wings. We watched… Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we stayed far away from the 10 hottest places in the States. We met a human bowling ball. We had a zen moment watching Andy Warhol eat a hamburger. We listened to Ira Glass’ tips about the secrets of creative success. We were mesmerized… Read More

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Why We Should Support Sotheby’s Locked Out Art Handlers

As an 1895 version of Edvard Munch’s The Scream heads off to Sotheby’s today, it could bring in as much as a record-breaking $200 million. Sotheby’s, the world’s largest auction house, is doing better than ever, with profits on the rise. And yet, the unionized professionals who handle the art are out of work. They’ve been locked out since July 29 of last year, after refusing to accept an unfair contract from Sotheby’s that called to cut pay, hours, and pensions; eliminate health benefits; and replace full-time employees with temporary, unskilled workers. For the people who have spent years — and some, decades — lending their specialized skills to handling some of the world’s most precious artifacts, it wasn’t acceptable. … Read More

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The Morning's Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Shepard Fairey is looking to produce a new film adaptation of George Orwell’s dystopian classic 1984; apparently the street artist has been pursuing the rights to the project on behalf of Imagine Entertainment, the production house run by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. [via Heat Vision]

2. Hollywood Exes, a new VH1… Read More

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Shepard Fairey Pleads Guilty in His AP Case

Earlier this year Shepard Fairey settled his civil case with the Associated Press over the misuse of Mannie Garcia’s photo of Barack Obama as the basis for his ubiquitous Hope poster. While neither side was willing to back down from a legal standpoint, Fairey agreed that in the future he wouldn’t use AP… Read More

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A Bunch of Famous Street Artists Will Cameo on ‘The Simpsons’

Think about the last time that The Simpsons made headlines for something other than ugly salary negotiations — it was that Banksy-helmed opening credit sequence back in 2010. Perhaps in an effort to recapture some of that art world relevancy, the Fox animated series plans to bring on Shepard Fairey, Ron English, Kenny Scharf and… Read More

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Artists Who Don’t “Make” Their Own Work

Allegedly David Hockney recently took a dig at Damien Hirst when a poster for his upcoming show at the Royal Academy of Art read, “All the works here were made by the artist himself, personally.” The Royal Academy of Art has since clarified that the phrase appeared on Hockney’s gallery wall, not their poster, and Mr. Hockney was not attacking anyone specifically.

This got us thinking. It’s not uncommon for artists to have assistants or employ experienced craftsmen to help with the production of their work. Sometimes, that’s the only way to bring their ideas to life. Sometimes, that process is part of the art’s conceit. Sometimes, they just want the money without doing much of anything. Here’s a brief and wide survey of classical and contemporary artists who conceive, but don’t or didn’t always “make” their own work. This is not exactly “in defense” of Damien Hirst. It’s a bit that, but more of … “in contrast,” just some thoughts to levy the hype and hate currently swirling around the artist. Let’s get to it! … Read More

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20 Amazing Artist-Inspired Tattoos

[Editor's note: While your Flavorwire editors take a much-needed holiday break, we're revisiting some of our most popular features of the year. This post was originally published February 16, 2011.] If we’re being honest, most of us will never own a work of art by a famous artist. And while back in college, it might have been okay to pay homage to one of the greats with a poster print from the museum, these days when it comes to the artwork that hangs on our walls, we tend to opt for original pieces by emerging (read: more affordable) talents. A few enterprising souls have found a way to sidestep the issue completely by displaying famous works of art directly on their bodies. Click through for some of our favorite examples, and if you happen to have an art-inspired tattoo, be sure to tell us about it in the comments. … Read More

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