“Top-Elite Faschions For Sale” Art Print by Shepard Fairey (Onsale Info)

Shepard Fairey will release the newest print in his Reagan And Friends series tomorrow. First of all, I get it, most of you don’t like this series, but the man’s work is important regardless. “Top-Elite Faschions For Sale” is an 18″ x 24″ screenprint, will have an edition of 450, and will cost $55. Part of the proceeds will benefit Rootstrikers, a campaign finance reform organization. It goes up tomorrow (Tuesday, June 21st) at a random time between 10am-12pm Pacific Time. Visit ObeyGiant.com.

27 Responses to ““Top-Elite Faschions For Sale” Art Print by Shepard Fairey (Onsale Info)”

  1. is this regan or nixon?

  2. I can’t find Faschions in the dictionary or in the google?

  3. …used to be important?

  4. Re: “most of you don’t like this series, but the man’s work is important regardless”

    How so? Please explain. This series is laughable at best.

  5. PLEASE MAKE IT STOP!!!

  6. Is it too tedious to complain about lack of texture and the over simplicity in this series? It’s hard to appreciate these pieces when there has been such a rich body of work preceding them, and these just come up short by comparison. There’s no arguing that Fairey has been an important artist but it would be nice to be reminded of that fact by his current work and in my opinion this series does not maintain that standard.

  7. “stupid art for sale…”

  8. While I generally steer clear of the bash Fairey bandwagon this series does come off as rather uninspired and very unimpressive visually. I did rather like the “They Live!” poster, but otherwise recently I’ve been quite disappointed. I just feel bad for those poor souls that’ll be shelling out well more than $55 for this next week on ebay.

  9. Artists all have different echelons of work. From one piece to the next, the commitment to focus and detail shifts. Some pieces need an aesthetic reinforcement to drawn a viewer in and maintain engagement. Other pieces are less dependent on decoration and nakedly/ shamelessly expose their content without any attempt to seduce the viewer with excessive style or redundant embellishment. To compare Fairey’s more elaborate style to that which we see here would be like trying to compare an Asimov novel to one of his short stories. If you are an artist, and have ever felt underestimated, underappreciated, underbred, underclassed, undercool, underdogged, underrepresented, underplayed, understated, or underdone by someone’s invalid judgment of how you conduct your personal journey towards artistic development . . . then lay off Fairey. Otherwise you’re just being a damaging force that blackholes positive progress across the creative spectrum of humanity as a whole. Jealous disenfranchised antagonism makes for a lousy muse.

  10. personal journey towards artistic development of crapola.

  11. His work may have been important but how is this? Not snipping just curious to know why you think this series is important. It seems almost the polar opposite to most. I’ve never been a fan and only like a few bits and don’t generally hold with bashing too much but here I can see where the naysayers are coming from.

  12. It’s important because it’s challenging various different levels of art audiences, from curators to sticker collectors, to come to terms with and start a dialog about the value of “art” as communication versus “Art” as a elitist trophy that is exclusive to only the highest economic ranks of our culture. He gets people talking. About art. He makes people define their boundaries. You could define your boundaries just as easily with enough discipline and a discarded box of KFC, but there are a lot of people who don’t understand that, and their metaphorical abstract models need to be labeled for them. If we could all take in our most trivial surroundings, and turn them into the poetry of absurd logic that they create in our minds when we combine their visual implications with the equally abstract language we think in, then we wouldn’t need artists.

    I challenge anyone out there that thinks his work is not up to snuff, to achieve and maintain his presence. Shouldn’t be so hard if his work really is so hideous, right ;)

  13. Username/post combo is pretty relevant.

  14. His work is in museums and in the National Portrait Gallery. Is the there anything else that needs to be said? There are some real morons on here.

  15. @Huh? They’re probably all copies of another persons art work.

  16. Right, I get it now. Fairey has been extremely artful in how lazy his cash grabs have been of late. It’s an amazing message. Taking “obey” to whole new poetry of absurd logic, challenging very different levels off BS detectors and defining the boundaries of wallets. So genius.

  17. @iheartmyGD7: You’ve gotta be one of the most dense folks around. You think so too?

  18. The fact that I’d need to come on and explain why one of the biggest (if not the biggest) artists in our country’s work is important is just sad and ridiculous. Especially one that is still catering to his fans by releasing screenprints for $55 or less every week. Like him or not, you’ll be seeing his images in art history books anytime street art is mentioned. Trying to claim that his work isn’t important is just ignorant.

  19. Thanks for the lecture teach. What’s ridiculous is not acknowledging that a very capable artist can have the potential to be in a slump. What tics me off is his obvious ability, yes his newfound comfort with weekly gestures of mediocrity. And for that we are supposed to continue to respect his work. I would respect not seeing any drops for however long it takes to stop wasting paper. I refuse to accept that every piece is relevant, important, or even worth looking at. What starts out a passion becomes a business.

  20. Everybody is entitled to his or her opinion. I agree with everyone- I try keep open mind here. If people talk good or bad about this; it’s more gain for Obey. I really thought this might have been the first time people were not gonna post comments. I was wrong. Long live Mr. Prolific

  21. Shepard Fairey is kind of like Thomas Kinkade.

  22. Except that Kinkade is pretty overt about being a sellout.

  23. “If we could all take in our most trivial surroundings, and turn them into the poetry of absurd logic that they create in our minds when we combine their visual implications with the equally abstract language we think in, then we wouldn’t need artists.”

    This is when you know you’ve been in school too long.

  24. Have to agree with @ScrabbleChamp. Past work deems him important but that doesn’t mean his new stuff is.

    Yes, he will be talked about and owns a level of success most of us won’t ever achieve. Moving forward, I haven’t seen anything ground breaking or thought provoking come from Shep in years. He is selling his style now, not a message. Nothing wrong with that but I think this site’s insistence of posting his work as socially important is misguided. I don’t see anything that makes me want to either act out on a social issue he raises. Nor do I see how me buying a poster that eschews 80s punk slacktivism means I’ve done my part.

  25. How can anyone argue just how important Shepard Fairey is to the post neo street art contemporary what-have-you movement? You can’t.

    Even though I haven’t seen a Fairey poster I would buy in ages, I’m glad Mitch posts these releases along with all the other diverse artists & styles we see day in and day out. Besides, you never know when Shep will put something out that kills it. Let’s hope soon.

  26. “I challenge anyone out there that thinks his work is not up to snuff, to achieve and maintain his presence. Shouldn’t be so hard if his work really is so hideous, right”

    1.) Pick a dead wrestler – Macho Man Check
    2.) Use his image everywhere – Check
    3.) Steal photographs and call them your own – Check
    4.) Hire people to help out with work – Check
    5.) Have said people do all the work while you lay naked on a pile of cash – Check
    6.) Treat your wife like a douche on camera – Check

    All right I’m a famous artist now what?

  27. every week a new Shep release, every week the same omg argument. You are all just enjoying reading back through your own comments. might as well just cut and paste from last weeks Shep thread.

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