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Obey Giant -- Andre The Giant Four Panel Red Face Upper Right
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Political sticker
United States
Just using red, black, and white, artist Shepard Fairey has created the upper right side of Andre the Giant's face. Andre The Giant is the defining symbol of Shepard Fairey's renowned "Andre the Giant Has a Posse" street art campaign. In 1989, while a student at the Rhode Island School of Design, Shepard Fairey created the first "Andre the Giant Has a Posse" sticker, which has since gone viral and spawned over a million copies distributed around the world. The original design shows the wrestler André the Giant and his height and weight, 7’4” and 520 LB. This sticker is an iteration of the Andre the Giant theme. It is part of a series of four stickers, each with a different quadrant of Andre's face on it.
Courtesy of the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery.
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Obey Giant Art, Inc.
Artist's Statement
"Because people are not used to seeing advertisements or propaganda for which the product or motive is not obvious, frequent and novel encounters with the sticker provoke thought and possible frustration, nevertheless revitalizing the viewer’s perception and attention to detail. The sticker has no meaning but exists only to cause people to react, to contemplate and search for meaning in the sticker. Because OBEY has no actual meaning, the various reactions and interpretations of those who view it reflect their personality and the nature of their sensibilities." (
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Council of Independent Colleges provided funding support for this project.
Most Shepard Fairey stickers are professionally silkscreened on vinyl and incorporate the stylistic use of red and black ink or red and blue ink on a creamy yellow background. Some anti-authoritarian stickers state, "Manufacturing Quality Dissent Since 1989," "Blind Acceptance Can Be Hazardous," "Propaganda Engineering," and "Rise Above." Revolutionary and rebel figures are often depicted, such as Aung San Suu Kyi, Che Guevara, Malcolm X, and Chinese soldiers, for example, as well as punk and rock music stars, Uncle Sam, Big Brother, and the police. Subjects in Fairey’s work include peace, justice, equality, freedom, privacy, immigration reform, human rights, and the Occupy movement. Fairey also designed the iconic HOPE sticker for Barack Obama’s U.S. Presidential campaign in 2008. This sticker was catalogued in 2020-21 by Claralyn Burt, exhibition curator and cataloguing assistant.
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