Posted in music | venues on April 27, 2010

Shepard Fairey

Shepard Fairey, who just completed a giant mural on Houston St, has added a similar looking decoration to the upstairs bar at Bowery Presents music venue Music Hall of Williamsburg. The permanent installation is two murals on adjoining walls. True story: "Listening to a playlist including Metallica, Fugazi, and Band of Horses, Fairey's pasted posters feature images demonstrating his disdain for the dysfunctional democracy and the need for campaign finance reform."

Fairey's NYC murals (with the Music Hall one being advertised as the only indoor one) are to promote his upcoming exhibition at Deitch Projects, and "as part of the OBEY phenomenon aimed to enhance the urban landscape". The first chance to see the mural is at the Hellyeah show at the venue tonight (4/27). It will also be the last time to see it since Pantera fans will surely burn the Band of Horses-loving wimpy artwork to the ground. More pictures of the art below...

Shepard Fairey

Shepard Fairey

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Comments (50)

First thing I thought of when I saw those was definitely the need for campaign finance reform. If you squint hard at that last picture, you can see a 3D image that says "McCain-Feingold"

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 4:15 PM

OMEH

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 4:16 PM

it just seems so dorky now

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 4:21 PM


The whole Red and Black has just become unpleasant to look at

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 4:23 PM

That's the best 'MEH' I've seen in ages, 4:16. You are the real artiste.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 4:27 PM

murals installed?...come on, we've all seen this stuff up close...its no different then any wallpapering job. i didn't install a mural in my kitchen last month...and the lifted imagery isn't helping.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 4:33 PM

my sharpie will love dat thing.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 4:33 PM

Yikes. Poor bartenders. Headaches will abound!

Posted by A no ny mous | April 27, 2010 4:34 PM

that's just the VIP bar, right?

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 4:36 PM

"that's just the VIP bar, right?"

no

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 4:46 PM

MEHral

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 4:48 PM

Goddamn, you guys hate on EVERYTHING. It is quite amusing though. As you were.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 4:57 PM

Somebody thinks this is a good idea and that somebody should be fired..

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 4:59 PM

This was most certainly intended to drive those annoying people who spend the show drinking and chatting in that room from staying there all night and going out to actually, you know, watch the band.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 5:10 PM

Shop at Target.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 5:13 PM

Shepard Fairey is the biggest fraud in the art world

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 5:34 PM

This is the section I retreat to at times when I need to take a break from sensory overload. Oh well.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 5:35 PM

Move back to Wisconsin, 5:35.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 5:37 PM

dope!

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 6:10 PM

This makes me want to go into Art as a Career

Posted by It's really that easy? | April 27, 2010 6:34 PM

"Listening to a playlist including Metallica, Fugazi, and Band of Horses..."

He must have been listening to LOAD.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 6:36 PM

One Word for that Mural:
MUSTACHE

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 6:39 PM

OMEH! GOOD ONE!!!!

LOL!

Posted by according2g | April 27, 2010 6:52 PM

If Shepard Fairey is the biggest fraud in the art world then what's Mr. Brainwash?

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 7:08 PM

who really cares if he's a fraud. it's kinda cool looking.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 7:35 PM

Shepard Fairey sucks a dick.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 7:35 PM

I'm with 4:57. Wow people. Wow.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 7:36 PM

I wonder how much that ish cost?

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 8:05 PM


fuck you all.. imagine actually getting paid for working hard at your vision..

props

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 8:57 PM

shudder

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 10:24 PM

if norman rockwell were an anarchist, this is the kind of stuff he would be doing.

where is andy warhol when you need him?

anybody got a can of spray paint?

blowtorch?

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 10:55 PM

Andy Warhol? Wait, so this isn't art but Andy Fucking Warhol is? Bitch pleeze.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 11:21 PM

Shepard Fairey is talented, but the Obey Giant campaign has run its course. When it started, it worked because it was campaign for nothing (except maybe a pack of stickers), but looked cool and ominous and really did make people think about broader concepts about art, public space, propaganda, advertising, etc. However, I think once you start selling shirts and backpacks and the rest, you can't keep on acting like it's anything other than what it is - another lifestyle brand. Good for him for making a living at what he wants, but I'm still pissed about that Os Gemeos piece.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 11:23 PM

didn't i see this on some outside wall in the wynwood district in miami during basel?

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 11:43 PM

i dont get what this has to do with MUSIC?

Posted by lala | April 28, 2010 12:55 AM

Shepard Fairey boned your mom while listening to the newly-leaked Black Keys album. That's where the music comes in.

Posted by Anonymous | April 28, 2010 1:15 AM

"i dont get what this has to do with MUSIC?"

um... MUSIC Hall of Williamsburg maybe? dumb ass

Posted by Anonymous | April 28, 2010 1:24 AM

If you look between the lines it says Lazio helped defund the Securities and Exchange commission to bring in the Gramm Leach act so Wall St could run wild. Dont let the tea baggers fool ya cause it was the republicans who obviously want no rules on Wall St.

Now where is the Fairey mural with an idiot "well educated" redneck glen beck influenced, misspelling a derogatory comment on Obama?

Posted by Anonymous | April 28, 2010 1:45 AM

Scraping Foetus off the wheel inspired??

Posted by td | April 28, 2010 1:53 AM

"Andy Warhol? Wait, so this isn't art but Andy Fucking Warhol is? Bitch pleeze."

I agree that SF is talented. I also agree w 11:23 that this has become a lifestyle brand. and while the MHoW may be 'art', I don't think it's very good art. I find it
contrived, pedestrian, and a bit boring actually.


like the new MIA 'born free' vid, if you're 15 years old you probably think this is the coolest shit ever.

MHoW would have been better served to give up its walls to a younger, unknown but just as talented artist.

Posted by Anonymous | April 28, 2010 8:00 AM

So whose art did Fairey steal for this one?

BTW, Andy Warhol was capable of doing his own artwork. He worked for years as a fine artist, and while he was best known for his screen prints, he did do much more than that. In his most famous works, Warhol took ordinary branded objects and celebrities and turned them into art. warhol led a movement, and changed the perception of art. In doing so, he became a brand while making a statement about what exactly a brand was. Fairey on the other hand just steals the work of others, and then tries to sound like he is counter-culture.

You can read more about Fairey's blatant plagiarism here:
http://www.art-for-a-change.com/Obey/index.htm

Posted by The Mighty KC | April 28, 2010 9:24 AM

9:24...that's a great link showing how much of
a fraud Fairey is. I wish boweryPresents could
actually be creative and think for themselves. Not
just trying to bandwagon onto consumer culture.
Are they going to get new Bowery Ballroom and MHOW
shirts designed by Ed Hardy??

Posted by Anonymous | April 28, 2010 10:03 AM

^^^

great link, thanks for posting that!

yes, that's is exactly what I was referring to. SF references to russian and chinese pol poster are are obvious, didn't realize his plagiarism was so blatant tho in all those other areas. not surprised.

warhol is the true giant here. SF will be a footnote at best.

Posted by Anonymous | April 28, 2010 10:07 AM

Anon 5:34 is spot on.

Posted by Anonymous | April 28, 2010 10:25 AM

Appropriation art is fine...the problem is that Shepard Fairey is a complete hypocrite about it. He fancies himself the poster-boy for the appropriation art movement, but at the same time is a completely litigious prick when other appropriation artists incorporate his work into their own. FUCK Shepard Fairey.

Posted by 5:34 | April 28, 2010 10:41 AM

wow people, chill. that's why there are all different types of art out there- not everyone has to like the same thing. at least there are interesting artists from our generation... we'll look back in 20 yrs and think this is cool, don't lie

Posted by Anonymous | April 28, 2010 10:53 AM

bowery probably paid for this to be done just like all of fairey's corporate clients these days. boring

Posted by Anonymous | April 28, 2010 11:43 AM

10:53 AM.. spot on. These are the same a-holes who said The Cure was not music then claim to be their biggest fan 20 years later.

Posted by Anonymous | April 28, 2010 2:23 PM

SF is the music equivalent of mid 70's disco- shallow, vapid and boring.

Posted by Anonymous | April 28, 2010 5:33 PM

Another plus for 5:34. This douche has y'all fooled. Pathetic. Up yours, Fairey.

Posted by Gerald | November 2, 2010 4:56 AM

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