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Saturday, January 21, 2017
Shepard Fairey, the artist who created the iconic "Hope" poster for Democratic Party presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008, has produced some striking anti-Trump posters.
One, titled "Demagogue," was done in collaboration with the band Franz Ferdinand, which wrote and performed a song with the same name. For more on this Orwellian poster, click here.
Recently, Fairey designed three posters, which displayed images of Muslim, Latino, and African-American women—with all the posters using red, white, and blue colors. The most powerful poster, in my opinion, is shown to the right, of a Muslim woman, with a flag hijab, seen looking out at viewers. All three posters were intended to be downloaded and printed for protesters at the inauguration of Donald Trump in Washington, DC. For more on Fairey's recent posters, click here.
Fairey, who created a tee-shirt design for Bernie Sanders in the past election cycle, did not design anything in support of Hillary Clinton, who beat Sanders for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in 2016, although he did say he would vote for her.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Three books with posters that promoted Barack Obama for president of the U.S. last year have just been released:
- Hope: A Collection of Obama Posters and Prints by Hal Elliott Wert. With more than 170 posters (many little known) from Wert's collection and a foreword by Ray Noland, the street artist who created "The Dream." Wert is a professor at the Kansas City Art Institute.
- Design for Obama. Posters for Change: A Grassroots Anthology, edited by Spike Lee and Aaron Perry-Zucker, with an essay by Steven Heller. A selection of posters from designforobama.org. Heller is Co-chair of the School of Visual Arts MFA Designer as Author Program and writes a column on visual design for the The New York Times Book Review. You can leaf through the book on the publisher's Web site.
- Art for Obama: Designing Manifest Hope and the Campaign for Change, edited by Shepard Fairey and Jennifer Gross. Fairey, of course, is the controversial street artist who created the most prominent image of Obama. This collection reportedly has many collages, paintings, photo composites, prints, and computer-generated designs, with many by little known artists, as well, but also posters by Ron English and Fairey.