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Shepard Fairey's latest project: 'Art for Obama'

July 14, 2009 |  1:40 pm
Art for Obama

Always on the move, Shepard Fairey hasn't let a few pesky lawsuits slow down his output. The L.A. artist recently unveiled a new poster dedicated to Burmese political activist Aung San Suu Kyi, and now comes news of his latest endeavor -- a book titled "Art for Obama" that contains new and recent works inspired by our president.

"Art for Obama: Designing for Manifest Hope and the Campaign for Change" (Abrams Image) is set to hit bookstores in October, but some of the details have already been made public. The 176-page book will feature 150 full-color illustrations of art work that depicts or was inspired by Barack Obama and the 2008 presidential election. Some of the artists featured in the book are Ron English, David Choe, Kwaku Alston, Maya Hayuk, Justin Hampton, and Shel Starkman -- and of course, work by Fairey.

Much of the art featured in the book debuted at the Manifest Hope art shows, which took place in Denver during the 2008 Democratic National Convention and in Washington, D.C., preceding Obama's inauguration.

The art that is reproduced in the book includes paintings, collages, photo composites, prints and computer-generated images.

Fairey is co-editing the book along with Jennifer Gross. And lest you think this is just another one of the artist's vanity projects, the publisher has said that profits from the book will be donated to Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the arts throughout the U.S.

-- David Ng

Photo: the jacket cover for "Art for Obama." Credit: Abrams Image