Backward Forward — Shepard Fairey

Press Release

Backward Forward — Shepard Fairey

Shepard Fairey

AR-15 Lily, 2021
Mixed Media (Stencil, Silkscreen, and collage) on Canvas
87.5h x 61w in

Library Street Collective is pleased to present a solo presentation by Los Angeles-based artist and activist Shepard Fairey at Dallas Contemporary, curated by Pedro Alonzo, opening on September 25, 2022. The exhibition highlights the evolution of Fairey’s career from the confrontational D.I.Y. style of defiant youth to a narrative of hope, equality and shared humanity. In terms of material, Shepard’s medium of choice for public art changed in 2010 from modular wheat pasted paper murals to more durable painted murals—several of which were commissioned by Dallas Contemporary and on view at the museum and around the city in 2012. Fairey returns to Dallas this fall with an exhibition featuring new and recent works highlighting important transitions in his career. Some of his most iconic visuals and repeated motifs will be on display that comment on the state of contemporary life in the United States, as well as Texas.

"My exhibition Backward Forward addresses many crucial issues facing America and the planet at large. The work takes many approaches aesthetically and conceptually but consistently asks the questions—'are we moving forward or backward?' and 'what do we want the future to look like?'" said Shepard Fairey. "I'm excited to share this body of work at Dallas Contemporary because I think the venue and the institution's vision provide me with a powerful opportunity to share my art. I also think that Dallas is a vibrant cosmopolitan city that represents a diverse group of cultures and political ideas, which is ideal for a robust social, political, and creative conversation."

"Shepard’s artworks help us to see and understand the complicated world that we live in. His constant presence in the public realm questions hierarchies of power and celebrates our shared humanity, which has had a profound influence on how we see ourselves and others," said Pedro Alonzo, Adjunct Curator at Dallas Contemporary and long-time Fairey collaborator. "He remains rooted to his core values of what we now call social justice while having adapted to major changes such as social media and society's embrace of street art, which was once considered a form of vandalism."

Shepard Fairey: Backward Forward is made possible with lead support from Library Street Collective and East Quarter, and the generous support of Saks Fifth Avenue and Rodger Kobes + Michael Keller.

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