This year has been a productive one for some of street art’s big names, with a regular roll-out of exhibitions all over the world. Shepard Fairey chose the masses-friendly concept of album cover art for his latest show Revolutions, which opened at Robert Berman Gallery last Friday.
â€œLong before I knew about art galleries or even street art, I was excited about album cover art, if only because it was the visual counterpart to the music on the records I loved. Album covers conjured a euphoric association with the listening experience. Most of my earliest home-made tee shirts were stencils based on punk album covers… Music is visceral and accessible, but also has the additional powerful layers of the lyrics, with their content and politics, and the style, politics, and personalities of the musicians themselves. No matter how much I love art, or try to convince myself of its relevance in society, the fact remains that music is a lot cooler and way more able to reach peopleâ€™s hearts and mindsâ€¦ With my art I try to capture the same energy and spirit that makes music so powerful and democratic. REVOLUTIONS is a celebration of all the great music and accompanying art that has inspired me over the years.â€ â€“ Shepard Fairey