On the 10th anniversary of the death of Dee Dee Ramone, Shepard Fairey’s Subliminal Projects gallery will host a retrospective exhibition celebrating a lesser-known artistic outlet of the punk rock genius. Unbeknownst to many, Dee Dee was also an avid painter, quietly creating works on canvas throughout his lifetime. A substantive collection of these rare pieces has been provided by his estate to be put on public display for the first time, and are described by Fairey as reminiscent of, “…Warhol’s Pop art, Basquiat’s street scrawl, and Punk’s sense of humor and antagonism.” The paintings will be shown at Subliminal Projects along with purchasable prints by Dee Dee and Fairey.
Dee Dee Ramone: A Memorial Exhibition
Oct. 26-Nov. 17, 2012
1331 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles
Artist Shepard Fairey was sentenced to two years probation, a $25,000 fine and 300 community service hours at the conclusion of his court case with the Associated Press. Charged with tampering with evidence, Fairey had been embroiled in a Fair Use-centred trial with AP for the past few years over his 2008 Obama ‘Hope’ poster being based off of a wrongly credited image.
Although pleased that he managed to avoid jail time, Fairey is dismayed by his own actions. In a statement on his website, he conceded that he had “let down artists and advocates for artist’s rights by distracting from the core Fair Use discussion with my misdeeds.” This trial raises a number of significant ethical questions regarding intellectual and artistic property in the digital age.
It has been reported that Shepard Fairey will be involved in the orchestration of bringing George Orwell’s literary masterpiece “1984″ to the big screen. Fairey, known for his OBEY stencil series and more recently, his Obama Hope image, has previously created artwork inspired by Orwell, redesigning book jackets for both “Animal Farm” and “1984″.
Read on for the LA Times report.