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Shepard Fairey, other street artists to appear on 'The Simpsons'

February 16, 2012 |  8:00 am


You aren't really a celebrity until you've had a guest spot on "The Simpsons." In March, Shepard Fairey and fellow street artists Ron English, Kenny Scharf and Robbie Conal will enter that hallowed pantheon of stars when they lend their voices (and likenesses) to the enduring Fox animated series.

Fairey said on his website Wednesday the episode is scheduled to air on March. 4. The episode is titled "Exit Though the Kwik-E-Mart," a play on the street-art documentary "Exit Through the Gift Shop."

According to Fairey's site, the episode has a strong street-art theme. When Bart plasters posters of Homer's face around Springfield, he's caught by Fairey and his cohort. But they end up liking Bart's artwork so much that they offer him a solo gallery show.

Fairey and company won't be the first visual artists to have lent their talent to "The Simpsons."

In 2010, Banksy, the anonymous British street artist, oversaw an opening credit sequence-- known in "Simpsons" parlance as the "couch gag" -- for the series. An art-themed episode in 1999 featured a vocal cameo by Jasper Johns, who played himself.

Last year, the show paid tribute to the Watts Towers, created by the late Simon Rodia, in an episode in which the family visits L.A. during Oscar season.


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Photo: Shepard Fairey, with Bart Simpson and Milhouse van Houten in an upcoming episode of "The Simpsons." Credit: Fox / via Obey Giant