Monday, June 13, 2016

The Fairey Amnesiac Dyptich – Shepard Fairey, 2001

Artist: Shepard Fairey
Type: Album Promo
Print: Silkscreen
Size: 12 x 18 each
Unsigned, unnumbered

You know Shepard Fairey. He created Obey Giant, the often-imitated Obama Hope and Progress posters, and countless other bits of art, clothing, album art, and general propaganda. He’s essentially the Banksy of New York, and in the art world he’s kind of a big deal.

Well, Shep created a promo piece for Radiohead’s Amnesiac. The world was still reeling from the groundbreaking Kid A, and it was the perfect time to get a guy as big as Fairey to make something for the band. There was a time when it was questionable whether Shep was really the artist behind these prints, but pictures surfaced of him signing copies a few years back and that all but confirmed it.

It is unknown how many of these were produced. There was a time when a pair of these sold in the $500 range, but nowadays you can find the set for closer to a hundred. Apart from those by Stanley Donwood, these are the most artistically significant posters you will see on this blog.

Oh, and a dyptich just means two art pieces that go together, so don’t think I’m trying to get all sesquipedalian on you.

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