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Shepard Fairey

Hello Kitty x Known Gallery, 2012

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Lot 23
Screenprint in colors on cream Speckletone paper
24.0 x 18.0 in (61.0 x 45.7 cm)
Edition of 500
Signed, dated, and numbered on recto


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Shepard Fairey's work consistently engages with notions of American nationalism, institutional authority, and the undercurrents of counter culture. Employing street aesthetics, decorative patterns, and visceral characterizations of the human subject, his work is politically motivated and acutely felt. In this print from 2010, Fairey adds his own flare to the adorable, cookie-cutter icon Hello Kitty. By inserting a single, raised eyebrow and his signature tag, the artist imbues the cartoon with new, provocative edge.

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About Shepard Fairey

Shepard Fairey (American, b. 1970) is a contemporary artist, graphic designer, and illustrator who emerged from the skateboarding scene of Southern California. His work became more widely known during the 2008 US presidential election season thanks to his hugely popular “HOPE” poster, produced in support of Barack Obama. Fairey’s work is included in the permanent collections of numerous institutions worldwide, including the Smithsonian, Washington, DC, the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, among others, with recent solo exhibitions at Positive-Propaganda Artspace, Munich, and Jacob Lewis Gallery, New York.