Thursday, May 6, 2010

Shepard Fairey Does Keith Haring

I waited until today to see Shepard Fairey's "May Day" so that I could avoid crowds and focus on the art. (Even today, a few days after the opening, there was a steady stream of visitors both inside and outside Deitch.) Anyway, the exhibit was breathtaking. Conceptually and aesthetically, it was Fairey's greatest achievement. And as much as I liked his solo retrospective at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston last year, it was nowhere as impressive as "May Day." Here he captures the radical spirit that creates change -- in every realm of our lives. The exhibit also embodies the spirit of street art -- as I like to think of it -- as a revolutionary force. And what a way for Deitch to go out! "May Day" continues through May 29th at 18 Wooster Street.

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