Friday, November 7, 2008

Art and the Obama Campaign

Yes We Did ~ Shepard Fairey is offering the above image as a free sticker, "These commemorative stickers mark Barack Obama's historic victory and were designed by groundbreaking artist Shepard Fairey—the same artist who designed the world-famous, iconic "Hope" poster for Obama. We're also offering 5,000 numbered, limited edition full-sized prints of this work. They will be available on Saturday at 12:30 p.m."

Link to: Free Yes We Did Sticker

Los Angeles street artist Shepard Fairey developed his iconic style as a contemporary urban artist yet what strikes me most about his work is its legacy in the silkscreen posters produced by WPA artists during Roosevelt's New Deal. If the medium is the message the strong images created by layers of bold color together with the nostalgia of the WPA artist programs generate a potent and progressive visual message.

Victory by Shepard Fairey ~ Victory Concerts WPA Poster

Link to: Posters from the WPA, Collection Highlights, The Library of Congress

1 comment:

  1. Hi Peggy Sue -

    I know you are thrilled.

    It was wonderful to see president elect Obama give his first news conference on Friday.

    Seeing him there, I was shocked by how my perspective of him had changed. I had not expected that.

    These next 70+ days cannot pass quickly enough.