Is that Thelma from Good Times?
(LA Weekly) — Yup. This just happened. Right after receiving the victorious news from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg that Occupy Wall Street doesn’t have to move out of Zuccotti Park after all, protest organizers learned they’d been blessed with a Shepard Fairey original.
An East Coast art-blog editor who’s been keeping up with the artistic aspects of OWS (and oh, there are many — in L.A. too!) told WNYC radio of Fairey’s “Occupation Party” invite: “I think it’s really great that it’s an upward looking positive image, as well as it tries to tie together a little bit of the radicalism of the 60s with today.”
Indeed — Fairey’s apparently still on his strong-black-person-gazing-majestically-into-the-heavens kick. But will his (very kind) contributions to the movement revive the Obama “Hope” curse?
Fairey’s portrait of the president lured millions of huddled hipsters to the voting booths in 2008. But after many of them decided he’s just as useless as the next paid-off politician — seeing as, you know, the sky didn’t rain down free pot and iPads — the “Hope” symbol took on a new cheesy patriotism.
Now, Obama has a twin Fairey print to prop next to his own in the oval office. (If you squint your eyes, the cloud-gazer even looks a little like Michelle!) Hopefully some Angela Davis photographer won’t sue him for this one.