Doesn’t it seem that designer/artist Shepard Fairey pops up once every couple of years in a big way? He’s this big deal, then kind of floats in the background, then suddenly you see him or his stuff everywhere again, like a few years back when he started selling his Obey line of clothing in every Urban Outfitters in the country? Then, whamo, like clockwork, you weren’t really hearing from him, save for that pseudo-communism-imagry got really big there for awhile. A few years later, we just got those barebones, “tell us something we don’t know” Lollapalooza videos about him popped up, and there he is again. If you’re tired of the Fairey whiplash, a remedy is in store, come August 14th, when the end all, be all of all things his career will be released in a book entitled “Supply and Demand: The Art of Shepard Fairey.” Here’s the synopsis:
Supply and Demand is the book that finally does justice to Shepard Fairey’s entire body of work, a massive retrospective covering 17 Years of this groundbreaking artist’s prodigious output. Through the lens of esteemed writers and critics such as Carlo McCormick, Steven Heller and Roger Gastman, Fairey’s work is seen for all its depth and placed in context as art, design, social experiment and “getting over”. This massive book pulls no punches and all areas of the enigmatic artist’s work, travels and travails are illuminated; from exhibitions, posters, flyers, silkscreens and stickers to high altitude pursuits, citations and police beatings, it’s all documented in a museum quality layout and binding. The evidence is in, and it’s clear that Shepard Fairey is not one to rest on his laurels, the work must go on. For both long time fans wanting the complete collection and those just curious to know what this OBEY business is all about Supply and Demand is the answer.