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Make Art, Not War. Postcard. Artist: Shepard Fairey.

Make Art, Not War. Postcard. Artist: Shepard Fairey.

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New twist on a classic Anti-war phrase for an image of quality dissent. Artist: Shepard Fairey. Obey giant. Printed on recycled paper.

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Shepard Fairey (born February 15, 1970) is a contemporary artist, graphic designer, and illustrator who emerged from the skateboarding scene. He first became known for his "André the Giant Has a Posse" sticker campaign, in which he appropriated images from the comedic super market tabloid Weekly World News. His work became more widely known in the 2008 U.S. presidential electn, specifically his Barack Obama \"HOPE\" poster. The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston calls him one of today\'s best known and most influential street artists.

Fairey created the \"André the Giant Has a Posse\" sticker campaign in 1989, while attending the Rhode Island School of Design. This later evolved into the \"Obey Giant\" campaign, which has grown via an international network of collaborators replicating Fairey's original designs. In a manifesto he wrote in 1990, and since posted on his website, he links his work with Heidegger\'s concept of phenomenology. He also uses the slogan \"The Medium is the Message\" borrowed from Marshall McLuhan. Shepard Fairey has also stated in an interview that part of his work is inspired by other street artists.

Fairey created a series of posters supporting Barack Obama\'s 2008 candidacy for President of the United States, including the iconic \"HOPE\" portrait. The New Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldahl called the poster \"the most efficacious American political illustration since \'Uncle Sam Wants You\'\". Fairey distributed 300,000 stickers and 500,000 posters during the campaign, funding his grassroots electioneering through poster and fine art sales.

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