Shepard Fairey's Houston Street Mural

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

WNYC caught up with Shepard Fairey while he was painting a new mural on the legendary corner of Bowery and Houston.

Check out the video below.

The mural is a promotional piece for Fairey's upcoming show at Deitch Projects, called May Day.  It's also his last show with Deitch, since the gallery will be closing when Jeffrey Deitch heads to L.A. to take over L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art.

The mural's going up across the street from the Landmark Sunshine Cinema, which is screening the film, "Exit through the Gift Shop," which features Fairey and was directed by the elusive street artist Banksy.

Fairey told WNYC that the mural will be up for six months.  He chose the spot, he says, because it's the same wall where Keith Haring's original Day-Glo mural went up in 1984.  Deitch re-created the Haring piece in 2008, and then commissioned the Brazilian graffiti artists, Os Gemeos, to do a new installation, a year later.  

Remember when "street art" was illegal?

Fairey does. He says the spot's significant for him, because, in addition to the Haring connection, he once tagged walls just blocks away from that corner.




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Comments [1]

Paul from New York, NY

I found an example of the work that made Fairey famous. This was ironically in about the same location where he is now putting up this latest installation The patina had faded from the bright gleam of hope that Barack Obama presented only about 6 months earlier. Not surprising in a city where the landscape can change almost overnight.

Apr. 26 2010 08:47 AM

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