Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Obey the Giant

For anyone who has been following Shepard Fairey's court case in Boston, we're pleased to learn that a resolution has finally been reached. Shepard was originally facing 34 felony charges with a maximum penalty of 87 years in jail, but his attorney negotiated a plea deal for him to plead guilty to three misdemeanors and get two years probation and a fine in exchange for all the other charges being dropped. "

The artist said, "Considering the tremendous waste of time and money so far, this solution seemed the most productive to end a process which could have dragged on considerably and potentially resulted in jail time if things did not go well for me. I’m glad to put this behind me so I can focus on making art and the other positive things in my life. I have no negative feelings toward Boston, my ICA show has been an incredible success with over 100,000 people attending. I’d like to thank the ICA staff who have been great to work with, and also all the Boston property owners who invited me to display my work on their properties."

Shepard will be back in Boston on July 31 for OBEY Experiment Redux, celebrating the success of the artist's first museum exhibition. After the exhibition closes on 8/16 in Boston, the 20 year survey of Shepard Fairey's work will then be traveling to the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

FUCK YEAH! I didn't get my legs inked for nothing!

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