As one of the world’s most provocative contemporary artists, Shepard Fairey’s career is founded on the ability to create powerful visual imagery coupled with rousing calls to action. The artist’s upcoming Earth Crisis exhibition in Paris is an extension of his groundbreaking Earth Crisis Globe installation at the Eiffel Tower, which was up following the November 13, 2015, Paris Attacks and through December of 2015.
Fairey was the first artist allowed to create a 3-dimensional installation at the Eiffel Tower, and it was timed to coincide with the monumental COP21 Climate Conference. The Earth Crisis exhibition at Galerie Itinerrance is the anticipated next chapter in what started with the Earth Crisis Globe. This show features a brand new body of environmentally themed works including mixed media paintings on canvas and paper, a series of six letterpress prints, collectible globe sculptures, and books. Each piece of art was created in blue and aqua tones that remind us that we need clean air, water, and vegetation to sustain the planet. Tied to this show, Fairey will be painting three new murals around Paris.
“The installation, the murals, the fine art, and the prints – they are all different platforms to put across the message that we are facing an earth crisis. I think that art is a way to engage people. Art can initiate conversations when other media fails. If a viewer likes my mural, if they like my installation, like my art pieces, that may make them consider what the image is addressing. This new body of work reflects on and builds upon, my entire history of environmentally-themed art. I hope that it appeals visually AND sparks the needed conversation about protecting our planet for future generations.” – Shepard Fairey
Partnering with Galerie Itinerrance, proceeds from Earth Crisis will be donated to support global environmental organization – 350.org.