Boston: Street art is no oxymoron

(Courtesy ICA Boston and Shepard Fairey)

Global guerilla-artist iconShepard Fairey—the man behind Obey Giant and the beloved Obama poster—has his first museum survey at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston February 6–August 16.

The ICA exhibition Shepard Fairey: Supply and Demand, displays about 200 works made by Fairey over the course of 20 years—starting with his now infamous Obey Giant stencils and stickers, and culminating in a new ICA-commissioned mural. True to form, Fairey’s work won't be confined within walls: The artist is creating public art at different sites around Boston throughout the spring and summer. (Move fast to secure your spot at an ICA-organized artist talk, seminar about design as social change, or one of two Sunday afternoon curator-led bike tours of Fairey's work in Boston and Cambridge.), from $12.


In 2007, we included the ICA on our Cool List. We wrote:

The most popular spot has quickly become the Mediatheque, where 18 computers display digital media related to the artists and exhibitions. It's not the computers that are drawing crowds, however; it's the fact that the media center points down at a 24-degree angle from the underside of the cantilever. At the end of the room, there's a 21-foot-wide picture window framing a mesmerizing view of the water's surface. (No surrounding land or sky is visible.) "We describe the experience as vertiginous," says Jesse Saylor, a member of the architects' design team. "When you enter the room, you all of a sudden realize you're floating above the water."

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