Featured Artist: Shepard Fairey

Best known as the designer of the Barack Obama ‘Hope’ poster, created for the 2008 presidential campaign, American street artist and illustrator Shepard Fairey is one of the most influential artists of his generation. Fairey honed his skills in the skateboarding scene of the late 1980s before bringing his distinctive style to the walls of some of the world’s premier art museums. Although he is … Continue reading Featured Artist: Shepard Fairey

Exhibition of the Month: Statue of Limitation

A group art exhibition in Dubai is currently exploring how present-day global politics continues to be dominated by unresolved issues from the Cold War. Statue of Limitation plays on legal terminology relating to the time limit on seeking justice to offer ‘an anti-monument to human will, with all its limitations’. The exhibition focuses in particular on the geographic and strategic importance of the Middle East in … Continue reading Exhibition of the Month: Statue of Limitation

Erró: Iceland’s Cold War Artist

The artist formerly known as Guðmundur Guðmundsson, who goes by the more pronounceable alias Erró, has been inspired by the Cold War throughout a long and varied career. Erró’s riotous canvases reflect his eclectic personal history, from his birth in 1932 in Iceland, to his travels across Europe and his current residency in Paris, Thailand and on the island of Formentera. Developing his artistic practice in … Continue reading Erró: Iceland’s Cold War Artist

Recommended Read: Propaganda: Power and Persuasion

David Welch. Propaganda: Power and Persuasion. London: British Library Publishing, 2013. Although the British Library’s fascinating exploration of Propaganda: Power and Persuasion closed last month in exhibition form, the eponymous catalogue is still available to introduce people to this elusive term which has dominated so much of human experience over the last century. Authored by David Welch, Professor of Modern History at the University of … Continue reading Recommended Read: Propaganda: Power and Persuasion

Exhibition Roundup: July 2013

The ESPIONART Exhibition of the Month, Jane and Louise Wilson continues at the 303 Gallery in New York until 2 August 2013. Anyone who missed the Roy Lichtenstein retrospective at Tate Modern in London can take the Eurostar to Paris until 4 November 2013 to see him in all his dotty glory at the Centre Pompidou. While in Paris, don’t miss Keith Haring: The Political Line at … Continue reading Exhibition Roundup: July 2013