Everything You Need To Know About Shepard Fairey’s Boston Arrest (So Far)
As I’m sure you blog-happy art-house contrarians know by now, Shepard Fairey was arrested last night on the way into his opening night gala at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. The show – “Supply and Demand” – was Fairey’s first major museum endeavor, and was a big deal for this city, which, despite having a thriving art scene in some regards, isn’t exactly Brooklyn or Paris, if you know what I’m spraying.
Anyway – I was at the event (review of that coming soon on ThePhoenix.com), but since a lot of people around the country are paying attention to this matter, I thought it might be useful to provide some context. Basically – Boston Mayor Tom Menino essentially extorted the police union in this past week’s salary negotiations, and this was payback. Last Monday, Fairey (with permission, I presume) bombed City Hall and had his pic taken with Menino.
Below are links to articles that can help all you Shep Fairey fans (and haters) understand the politics at play. When this first happened last night, just about everybody at the ICA (including me) thought it was a publicity stunt. But after calling a few sources and laying out all these pieces, I assure you that it’s as real as scabies.
Click Here For A Boston Magazine Article By Joe Keohane About Boston’s Hostility To The Arts
Click Here For My Recent Boston Phoenix Article About The War Against Graffiti In Boston
Click Here For Evan Garza Interview With Shepard Fairey from the Boston Phoenix
Click Here For Slide Show Of Shepard Fairey Throwing Prints Up Around Boston
Click Here For Previous Award-Winning JTTS Shepard Fairey Coverage
Click Here For Associated Press Coverage Of The Arrest
Click Here For Boston Phoenix Video Of Fairey
Click Here For ICA Statement Regarding Arrest
Click Here For Boston Globe Arrest Coverage