Shepard Fairey; Art of the Plagiarism

Recognise this picture?


I must say that I was quite taken aback when I saw this article, because I really 'liked' (Emphasis on the Liked) his work but now its like pffftt... Your not as original as you say you are, but judge for yourself.

Here are a few of the controversial pictures

[ Left: Fairey's derivative poster, Greetings from Iraq, printed in 2005.

Right picture: 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. ]


The picture on the left [ Screenshot taken from the "Bombing Science" website 7/18/2007, where the Fairey rip-off of Mederos’ poster was being sold as a T-shirt. Fairey printed the graphic without permission from the Mederos estate.]

the picture on the right[ Untitled Silk-screen poster - Rene Mederos, Cuba, 1972. This double portrait by one of Cuba’s most famous poster artists depicts the revolutionaries Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos.]




[ Left: Down with the Whiteness - Rupert Garcia. Silkscreen print. 1969. In the permanent collection of the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco. Right: Shepard Fairey’s rip-off version of Garcia’s silkscreen. Fairey published his plagiarized version in his book, Supply and Demand. No credit was given to Rupert Garcia.]

I dont't know what you think about this, I just think its funny but also sad; I already knew that there was no originality left in the the world, but this? this just takes it to another level. *Sigh*


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