The Boston arrest of street artist Shepard Fairey, along with the AP suit and countersuit concerning a copyrighted photograph of Obama, are part and parcel of Shepard Fairey’s art–which as a whole is a provocative–and, now, increasingly lucrative–challenge to authority. Still, it’s nice that someone is making money at a time when the world appears to be going to rack and ruin, and it’s fun to have something new to think about.
Kudos to Boston’s Institute for Contemporary Art for mounting a spectacular 20-year restrospective of Shepard Fairey’s work–which runs through August 16, 2009.
In a talk at Harvard’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, New York Times Business Columnist Joe Nocera offered background and commentary on the current financial crisis. In answer to the question posed by the talk’s title: The Economy: Where are we Headed,” he resoundingly proclaimed, “I don’t know.”
Watching the Obama inauguration ceremonies on TV, I felt disappointed by poet Elizabeth Alexander’s “Praise Song for the Day”…but agree with Martha Swartz of Philadelphia, who points out in her email newsletter that that the poem works better read than…
“Please support the free press–by paying for it.”