E Pluribus Venom: The Art of Shepard Fairey Hardcover – Sep 1 2008
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E Pluribus Venom
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Is focused on a show he did some time ago and contains mainly pics from that canvases, some street art he did for promo and pics from the opening.
So, if you like the Obey stuff, you'll like this one. But if this is your first book from Obey, you can get almost for the same price "Obey: Supply & Demand : The Art of Shepard Fairey" with older designs but with much more content, history etc.
But enough about that -- how about the book itself? I really like the political nature of this second book. It is inspiring. I saw a show of his in LA in 2007 that had many of these art works. Since then, I have been waiting for this book to come out in print. What strikes me about Shep's art is the seemless blend on progressive politics and popular culture. It isn't too preachy (well, sometimes it is a little) and it isn't tame. The art also has the ability to penetrate deep seated hegemony -- maybe even capable of holding a mirror up to those who don't know how ugly their politics make them. We can hope.
I think Shep's art is rad in the both the hip and radical senses of that word.