Renowned artist Shepard Fairey celebrated the debut of his new exhibition “On Our Hands” in The Gallery at Dream Downtown on Thursday, September 17th, 2015.
Fairey first gained prominence in the street-art world for his “Andre the Giant Has a Big Posse stickers,” in 1989, which led to the Obey logo that became his signature. Fairey’s “Hope” poster, touting Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, launched his career to a whole new level. Today his work has become part of the permanent collection at MoMA, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, among many others.
The official after party for “On Our Hands” took place in The Gallery at Dream Downtown last Thursday night. Guests sipped on Hennessy libations and enjoyed special DJ sets from Mike D of the Beastie Boys, Slimkid3 of Pharcyde, and Sam Spiegel at the event.
While Mike D provided the beats, Fairey unveiled a selection of exclusive prints from his exhibition, which will be on display in Dream Downtown’s public spaces through late-October.
The show, which is at The Jacob Lewis in Chelsea through October 24th, is titled “On Our Hands,” and it features dozens of new paintings by Fairey that reflect on contemporary issues facing our global community: political corruption, environmental apathy and the abuse of power. “On Our Hands” is the first solo exhibition of Fairey’s paintings in New York City since 2010.
One flight down at Pace Prints, and running concurrently to the Jacob Lewis show, you’ll find engraver’s plates and test prints of many of the same images, offering an interesting look at Fairey’s process.
Check out some highlights from the party below + be sure to stop by the above locations to view Fairey’s works while you can!
*Shepard Fairey’s “On Our Hands” exhibition will be at Jacob Lewis through October 24th. The gallery is located at 521 West 26th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues, on the fourth floor. Pace Prints is at the same address on the third floor.