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Art, Life & Politics: Shepard Fairey in Conversation with Mark Sloan 

When: Thu., May 15, 6 p.m. 2014
Phone: (843) 953-4422
Price: $20/premier seating, $5/general admission
It’s no secret that Charleston loves all things local — be it produce, stores, or people. So when some of our stars move on, we’re always sad to see them go, but we’re always happy to welcome them home. Luckily for us, Charleston native Shepard Fairey is returning to the city in a big way. Even if you’re unfamiliar with the name, chances are you’ve seen his work. He created the “Hope” poster used during Obama’s 2008 campaign and the ubiquitous “Andre the Giant Has a Posse” sticker. His latest exhibit — and his first major one in his hometown — debuts during Spoleto, and he’ll be around for a little while to enjoy his return, starting with a lecture on Thursday. Fairey takes the stage with Halsey director Mark Sloan for an intimate discussion about his work. Titled Power & Glory, Fairey presents a paradoxical view of all things Americana, sometimes celebrating it, other times critiquing it. Not losing sight of his punk background, he still manages to throw in some “in your face” slogans and statements about power, security, protection, and consumerism. Sloane moderates the discussions to help give audiences a peek into world-famous street artist’s creative process.
— Melissa Tunstall
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