AP goes after Fairey
Post #1290 • February 5, 2009, 1:25 PM • 18 Comments
Apparently while his opening was taking place last night at the ICA, the Associated Press put out a story that it was seeking compensation for Shepard Fairey's use of a photo by AP photographer Manny Garcia in Fairey's subsequently ubiquitious images of President Obama. (via)
"We believe fair use protects Shepard's right to do what he did here," says Fairey's attorney, Anthony Falzone, executive director of the Fair Use Project at Stanford University and a lecturer at the Stanford Law School. "It wouldn't be appropriate to comment beyond that at this time because we are in discussions about this with the AP."
My first impressions of the show were of a handsome, solid talent for design with astonishingly oversold branding of the designer as an artist, and the artist as a rebel. A curator, in the midst of an opening-night gallery talk with Fairey in attendance, explicated piece after piece to an attentive crowd. The works hardly hide their meaning; I remarked later to Supergirl that it was like hearing the Cliff Notes to Goodnight Moon.
More to come.