MAYDAY
Shepard Fairey

MAYDAY

The Art of Shepard Fairey
Foreword by Jeffrey Deitch, Essay by Antonino D'ambrosio

Published by Gingko Press
168 pages, Hardcover
9 1/2" x 12 1/4" (241 x 311 mm)
134 color illustrations, English
ISBN: 978-1-58423-428-9

$29.95

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The final exhibition before the closing of New York’s seminal Deitch Projects, MAYDAY is simultaneously a call for heightened awareness and a celebration of the rebirth embodied in revolutionary movements.

MAYDAY — The Art of Shepard Fairey is published as a celebration of an evocative collection of paintings from one of the most important artists of our time. Portraits of advocates of the working class and oppressed define the collection. Fairey stakes the claim that artists, musicians and writers such as Joe Strummer, Jean Michel Basquiat and Cornel West all have parts to play in stimulating response to injustice.

With energy and urgency befitting the title MAYDAY, Fairey captures the radical spirit of his subjects, using portraiture to celebrate the artists, musicians and political activists he most admires. Says Fairey, “These people I’m portraying were all revolutionary, in one sense or another. They started out on the margins of culture and ended up changing the mainstream. When we celebrate big steps that were made in the past, it reminds us that big steps can be made in the future.”

In Fairey’s mind, the persistence of difficulties in the political, environmental, economic, and cultural arenas points to the definition of Mayday as a distress signal: “By now we thought we would be in post-Bush utopia, but we’re still having to call attention to these problems.” Like any mayday call, however, the sounding of the alarm also brings hope for help on the way. “If we stay silent, there’s no hope,” Fairey muses. “But if we make noise, if we put our ideas out there, then maybe we can make a change like the people in the portraits have done.”

Press

Television
PBS Charlie Rose Show: A conversation with artist Shepard Fairey
CBS Evening News 11/5/2008: Portrait of the Artist: Shepard Fairey Interview
CBS Evening News 8/26/2008: Barack Obama Is a Work of Art
Colbert Nation 12/08/2010: Exclusive – Steve Martin Extended Segment
Colbert Nation 01/15/2009: Shepard Fairey’s “Hope” poster belongs to everyone
G4TV podcasts: ICONS: Shepard Fairey
QBN Sessions: QBN Sessions Presents Shepard Fairey
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Video: Malerei: Barack Obama in Rot, Weiss und Blau

Radio
National Public Radio: Spreading the Hope: The Street Artists Shepard Fairey

Newspapers and Magazines
The New York Times: Shepard Fairey: Closer to Mainstream, Still a Bit Rebellious
Smithsonian Magazine: Shepard Fairey: The Artist Behind the Obama Portrait
The Boston Globe: Shepard The Giant
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: Propaganda ohne Auftrag