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Shepard Fairey Arrested, Released, Arraigned on Tagging Charges


Street artist Shepard Fairey, best known for his Obama "Hope" image and his Andre the Giant street graffiti, was arrested Friday night (for at least the 15th time) on his way to his first solo museum show, at the ICA in Boston:

Faireyobey"Fairey was arrested...on his way to the Institute of Contemporary Art to DJ at a sold-out party kicking off his first solo exhibition, 'Supply and Demand.' Two arrest warrants had been issued Jan. 24 after police determined that he had tagged property in two locations with his street art campaign featuring Andre the Giant and the word 'obey,' said Boston police officer James Kenneally."

The ICA released a statement in support of the artist: "We believe Shepard Fairey has made an important contribution in the history of art and to popular thinking about art and its role in society."

Fairey plead "not guilty" in Brighton District Court this morning and was released on his own recognizance.

Watch a news report on the arrest, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. You could not hope to choreograph better publicity for his solo show.

    Posted by: WOW | Feb 9, 2009 4:00:50 PM

  2. Is Shepard gay? I know he's hot, but is he gay

    Posted by: Mike | Feb 9, 2009 4:37:31 PM

  3. I'm starting to hate this Fairey guy.

    If a young poor kid was to get busted for the same thing, would the ICA be as supportive? Why did no one rush to the infamouse tagger "Chaka"s defense when he was busted? His tagging was truly amazing as it showed up in the most random places all over L.A. and caused a huge discussion about what was truly organic street art as opposed to graffiti.

    Fairey is way too old to be doing this sort of thing AND he gives the conservatives yet another reason to bash Obama.

    If he truly cared about our new "movement" in this country he would just go ahead and do his "art" the legit way and leave the street level stuff to the kids and emerging artists who don't have his access to the big established arts organizations that fund his hackery.

    He's something of a tool with his stolen Soviet Collectivist ideas and bad judgement.

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Feb 9, 2009 4:39:29 PM

  4. The "artist" should buy his own materials for his oh so important work and stop defacing public spaces. He making the city uglier than it has to be. He should pay the cleanup costs too. Down with "tagging" ... what a waste.

    Posted by: Tom in BA | Feb 9, 2009 4:57:07 PM

  5. for those interested: an interesting review of Faire's art and ICA show... kinda makes you miss Banksy postings here on TR.

    Posted by: my2cents | Feb 9, 2009 4:58:36 PM

  6. He's taken the tracing lesson we all learned in grade school to a whole new level.. Artist?

    Posted by: Ellis | Feb 9, 2009 6:53:30 PM

  7. He's beyond lame. But it is classy that he would try to rip off the poor Latino photographer who actually got off his ass and schlepped to where Obama was and took his own fucking photo.

    I guess Fairey was too busy destroying other people's property and running down communities to be bothered.

    Yeah, he's a real fucking talent.

    Posted by: paul c | Feb 9, 2009 7:55:56 PM

  8. getting busted on the way into DJ'ing the start of the party - fabulous! love the art and the mojo.

    Posted by: resurrect | Feb 9, 2009 8:55:18 PM

  9. I love anarchy in the name of art. If it were up to me artists would all get 30 grand a year to create so they wouldn't have to self promote.

    Posted by: Tyler | Feb 15, 2009 10:43:35 PM

  10. To the poster that asked if Fairey is gay --- do you even have to ask?


    Posted by: fairy | Jan 15, 2010 11:10:50 PM

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