Celebrated Andre the Giant enthusiast Shepard Fairey hasn’t lived in Providence since 1996, but the RISD grad chose the city as one of just three domestic stops for his whirlwind global 30th anniversary retrospective. His Monday talk at RISD is sold out, but he’ll be leaving the city at the end of the week with a hand-painted mural on Clemence Street (behind Sakis). Around the corner, a gallery retrospective will feature 30 artworks shown as hand-painted 30” x 41” multiples. Exactly what’s being shown is still hazy, but his career highlights include replacing an eight-foot Buddy Cianci head on a South Main Street billboard (1990), the legally contentious HOPE poster that helped Barack Obama get elected in 2008, and getting dramatically arrested by Boston police on the way to his own opening at the ICA in 2009. Shortly after that he partnered with AS220 for a mural on Aborn Street downtown; now that city walls are filling up with murals from younger artists, it’ll be interesting to see how his new one fits in.
A limited $50 print of the mural will benefit AS220; so will a portion of sales from the gallery show.
photo via ObeyGiant.com