Library Street Collective Presents Shepard Fairey’s Largest-Ever Solo Exhibition in Los Angeles
Detroit-based gallery Library Street Collective is transforming an industrial space in Los Angeles into the site of Shepard Fairey’s largest-ever solo exhibition in the city, which will open to the public on Saturday, November 11, 2017. “Damaged” represents the artist’s first large-scale show in his hometown for nearly 10 years and will feature approximately 200 works.
The name “Damaged” is inspired by Black Flag’s 1981 album and offers Fairey’s take on social issues that are currently in a state of crisis. The artist’s latest body of work serves as a reflection on the damaged state of politics, media, human rights, the global approach to the environment, and more. The works on view range from never-before-seen paintings, large-scale sculptures, interactive installations, etchings, retired stencils, editions on wood and metal, and a display of various do-it-yourself tools of empowerment, including a printed newspaper titled “The Damaged Times.” Anthony Curis, co-founder of Library Street Collective, comments, “Shepard Fairey is a pivotal figure within social, political and environmental activism in our country. This new body of work speaks to the undeniable challenges and uncertainties that society is facing today.
We look forward to presenting Shepard’s most ambitious exhibition to date in his hometown of Los Angeles.” Discussing his show, artist Shepard Fairey states, “From a creative standpoint, the scale and variety of the works and the depth of the layering in the pieces is more labor intensive than any work I’ve ever made. It’s also work that I’ve been compelled to make in the climate of Trump, and what that means for the United States and the world.” About Shepard FaireyShepard Fairey was born in Charleston, S.C. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, R.I. In 1989 he created the “Andre the Giant has a Posse” sticker that transformed into the OBEY GIANT art campaign, with imagery that has changed the way people see art and the urban landscape. His work has evolved into an acclaimed body of art, which includes the 2008 “Hope” portrait of Barack Obama, found at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. After 29 years, his stickers, guerrilla street art presence and more than 80 public murals are recognizable worldwide.
His works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and many others. Visit obeygiant.com. About Library Street CollectiveLibrary Street Collective specializes in cutting edge contemporary fine art with a focus on emerging and established artists who have pushed the boundaries of traditional medium and exhibition space. Located in the heart of downtown Detroit, the gallery presents regular group and solo exhibitions while contributing to the artistic renaissance of the city’s public, private, and heritage spaces. It is Library Street Collective’s mission to bring both world-renowned artists and exciting new work to a reimagined Detroit, as well as carry this sentiment as the gallery expands its presence through exhibitions, special projects and art fairs nationally and internationally. Library Street Collective is a proud member of the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA). Visit lscgallery.com.