Thursday, January 15, 2009

Paris art gallery's Obama exhibition

Paris art gallery's Obama exhibition
(01:57) Reuters Video Report

Oct 15 - An American art gallery owner in Paris has opened an Obama-inspired exhibition one month ahead of the closely contested U.S. election.
"Barack Obama in Paris" will be on display through the month of October at Dorothy's Gallery, a cosy space in Paris's 11th arrondissement.
The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, sculptures and videos inspired by the Democratic nominee for next month's U.S. presidential election, created by 30 French and American artists.

15 Obama Street Art Masterpieces + Commercial Graffitisements

President-elect Obama is one of the most polarizing figures of modern history. He’s successfully marketed himself to represent a feeling or an aspect of the American dream in a number of different ways.

In no other realm is this more apparent than street art. Graffiti artists have long had their careful and beautiful work lambasted as an eyesore, a public menace, a piece of unwanted art to be washed away. With the rise of Barack Obama, his message of hope and change was manifested in the growing acceptance and celebration of street art.

Shepard Fairey has been one such benefactor of Obamamania. Prior to the election, Fairey’s work was subversive and widespread. After Shepard Fairey produced the now-ubiquitous Obama ‘Hope’ poster, however, he became a household name, and his work adorned tee shirts, posters and art galleries. And now, Fairey has been commissioned to produce the official artwork for all Inauguration Day merchandise.

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