Tonite’s “GIVE ME AN EFFING BREAK” goes to this news story on the Yahoo homepage
I’m sure many of you have seen Los Angeles based street artist, Shepard Fairey’s work in a variety of mediums… The artist made his work known to the general public in a Che Guevara-esque portrait of Obama which has since been printed on tee shirts, stickers and posters and had been used to raise money for the Obama campaign. Fairey’s work was based on an image he found on Google which was originally printed in the Associated Press.
Now, after such a historic election, people are bidding thousands of dollars on EBay for original posters with the print. The design will even be featured in the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston
Such high monetary demand made the Associated Press bring out their fancy suit lawyers stating Fairey didn’t license the image and that they deserve a cut of the profits.
This is just another greedy control game played by corporations that are holding on to the very thin strands of corporate enterprise vs artistic expression. Clearly, the photo was “inspired” by someone/thing the artist looked at – as most portraits are….
What’s next? A farmer suing a painter for making a painting of his barn?
If you ask me, I think the graphic representation of Obama holds a different expression…. more optimistic and approachable than the photograph.