thesmokinggun.comProsecutors want Shepard Fairey sentencing to serve as a warning
SEPTEMBER 5--Federal prosecutors want Shepard Fairey, the artist who created the Barack Obama “Hope” poster, to serve time in prison following his misdemeanor conviction for destroying and fabricating documents in connection with a civil lawsuit over the iconic campaign image.
In advance of Friday’s scheduled sentencing of Fairey in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, the Department of Justice has filed a memorandum arguing that a prison term for the 42-year-old artist would be “appropriate.”
However, prosecutors did not specify how long Fairey should be incarcerated (though, statutorily, his punishment would not exceed six months). Additionally, government lawyers have contended that Judge Frank Maas could fine Fairey up to $3.2 million.
Quote:Most well known for his "Obey Giant" street posters, Shepard Fairey has carefully nurtured a reputation as a heroic guerilla street artist waging a one man campaign against the corporate powers-that-be. Infantile posturing aside, Fairey’s art is problematic for another, more troubling reason - that of plagiarism.
While we at the Cube often make photoshop projects with old posters and someone else's art, we do so by creating some NEW CONCEPT out of the existing image through parody and humor. Fairey takes existing images by other artists and modifies them WITHOUT changing the concept and with NO humor. And then he sells it and makes himself a living and a reputation of an original artist.
These posters are some of many examples.
Left: Libertad para Angela Davis (Freedom for Angela Davis) - Félix Beltrán, Cuba, 1971. Original silk-screen print created by Beltrán in solidarity with Angela Davis when she was a political prisoner in the US.
Right: Fairey’s plundered version as a street poster, which neither credits Beltrán nor identifies Angela Davis.
This one is unintentionally absurd:
Left: Fairey's derivative poster, Greetings from Iraq, printed in 2005. Right: Ranger Naturalist Service: Yellowstone National Park - Artist unknown. Silkscreen. Circa late 1930s. Created for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in order to promote travel to America's national parks.
From Denver PD.
"Federal POUND ME IN THE A** Prison" wouldn't fit.
He looks like my second cousin from the Ukraine, cousin Leonid.