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Artist Shepard Fairey surprises USC class for MTVu


Students at USC are used to seeing celebrities at school: This year alone the campus has hosted Elton John, Steven Spielberg, and many other bold-faced names. But usually tickets to those events are hard to come by, even for students, and the guest speaker is announced months in advance. So it was a real treat for one small digital media class Wednesday when artist and activist Shepard Fairey, sporting a Sex Pistols t-shirt and black leather  jacket,  made his way into their lecture hall, surprising the students who’d studied his work with a talk that spanned the influence of the Internet and technology on art, the Occupy movement, President Obama, and a new series he’s executive producing for MTV, Rebel Music.

“The age of being an artist and only being in galleries is not particularly relevant anymore,” Fairey told students. “You need to figure out ways to engage people, taking into account there’s potentially a very short attention span.” Fairey held up some of his most famous prints, including his now nearly 25-year-old Andre the Giant “Obey” poster, the Obama “Hope” poster, and more recent prints like one created for the Occupy movement of “The Protester” (which was featured on the cover of Time), and one made to raise funds for the Japan tsunami victims.

As for that most controversial Obama poster, Fairey had a few things to say about the current administration.

“I have plenty of reservations about everything Obama’s doing now – I’m not so into domestic drones, I’m not so into spying,” Fairey said, acknowledging that his famous image was representative of a certain time in history and in his own life.

Check out an exclusive clip from the event, which will air as part of MTVu, below:

Banksy Watch, Week 3: An ant-hill, an art class, and a 'sphinx'

Looks like Banksy can’t go a full week during his New York “residency” without posting something outside his usual stenciled and sculpted work.

This week, he posted a video of ants crawling in and out of an ant-hill before the camera zooms out and it looks more like a, well, you can see for yourself. On Wednesday, the street artist posted an image with the sentence, “Today’s art has been cancelled due to police activity.” Is that a joke, Banksy, or a warning or some sort?

Whatever the meaning, it meant New Yorkers got one fewer art piece to gawk at and argue over — a trend that has only grown since Banksy started his tour of the city. New York magazine art critic Jerry Saltz even hosted an impromptu art class after seeing the public reaction around Sunday’s stencil, while a team quickly dismantled Banksy’s “sphinx” sculpture, disappointing dozens of fans.

Revisit last week’s Banksys here.


Banksy watch, week 2: Stencils -- and tussles

U.K. street artist Banksy tackled New York this week with a stall selling his work for $60 in Central Park, a mobile sculpture with “a real live boy,” and a poignant stencil commemorating 9/11 with a flower. Though his graffiti is seemingly harmless, his pieces have become hot sites not only for tagging, but also for fights between his fans and wannabe vandals.

When the artist drew a stencil of the World Trade Center overlooking the Brooklyn Heights promenade, the piece first got peed on by what must be a street art-hating dog, then was power-washed away by the Parks Department. In response, Banksy later unveiled a similar graffiti in TriBeCa. Take that, New York!

The following day led to more drama when a crowd of fans dragged a vandal away from Banksy’s stencil. The artist responded by posting an image on his site of the New York Post‘s story about the NYPD’s efforts to track him down, along with the comment, “I don’t read what i believe in the papers.”

Below, we’ve compiled his latest pieces from the week. Revisit last week’s work here.


Banksy watch: The street artist's latest works -- and defacements

Street artist Banksy continued his tour of New York this week with stencils, mobile installations, including a delivery truck converted into a garden, and a video called “Rebel rocket attack” the artist claims stopped him from posting new art because of its “shocking footage.”

Like last week’s work, New York’s graffiti artists refused to leave the U.K. import’s pieces alone by tagging multiple stencils. One exhibit — Banksy’s Day 10 piece in East New York depicting his signature rat stencil — prompted four local residents to cover the artwork with garbage bags and cardboard and charging viewers to see the piece underneath.

The elusive Banksy hasn’t commented about the frequent taggings and manipulations of his work on his site or his Instagram, but the artist did post a photo of a tracking device he found under his mobile garden along with the comment, “If you’re the person who stuck a tracking device on the garden truck you’re now following a car service in Queens.” Don’t mess with Banksy, New York.

We’ve compiled his work below, and you can revisit last week’s pieces here. READ FULL STORY

Banksy hits New York with daily street art

Welcome to New York, Banksy.

Or not.

The notorious U.K. street artist (and Exit Through the Gift Shop subject) hit the walls of NYC this week with a new month-long “exhibit,” his first work in the city since 2010. After announcing the show Tuesday, his first piece — a stencil depicting a boy grabbing a can of spray paint from a sign saying “Graffiti Is A Crime” while standing on another boy’s back — appeared in the Lower East Side and was painted over less than a day later. The second has also been removed.

So far, the disappearances haven’t deterred the artist, who continues to post a piece a day along with an accompanying audio clip on his website that’s meant to “enhance your enjoyment.”

While we’re waiting for his next pieces to appear, we’re keeping track of what he’s done so far. Below are the images Banksy has posted, and tell us, PopWatchers, will you be following the elusive artist along for his show? READ FULL STORY

Google plays artist with Rembrandt-inspired Doodle


Break out your favorite floppy hat and pop that collar: Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn turns 407 years young today.

Google is feting the occasion with this dimly lit Doodle, which pays tribute both to Rembrandt’s etchings and one of his most famous proto-selfies, Self-Portrait with Beret and Turned-Up Collar. If you happen to be in our nation’s capital today, pay the canvas a visit — the painting has been displayed in the National Gallery of Art since 1937.


Google Doodle celebrates the surreal life of Antoni Gaudi


Do not adjust your computer screen: Today’s Google Doodle is purposefully colorful, dreamlike, and twisted. Squint, and you may be able to recognize the letters of Google’s name in those five images — which double as illustrations of Catalan architect Antoní Gaudi’s most famous buildings and mosaics.

Gaudi was born 161 years ago today in Reus, a city in Spain’s Catalonia region. After a childhood and adolescence characterized by poor health, he entered the military in 1875 but spent much of his service on sick leave — enabling him to study architecture in Barcelona, graduating in 1878. After that, Gaudi’s unique, curving, nature-inspired structures began appearing all over Barcelona, from the Plaça Reial (he designed the lampposts) to the Park Güell (a garden complex that’s an architecture buff’s version of Disneyland).


Kate Upton's 'Sports Illustrated' cover: Chilling!

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Sports Illustrated has revealed its 2013 Swimsuit Issue cover, which features 20-year-old model and untalented car-washer Kate Upton (again!) braving the harsh Antarctic tundra in an open white parka and hopefully fleece-lined bikini bottoms. See the full, absurdly booby image (NSFW, BUT WHY ARE YOU STILL AT WORK?) after the break. READ FULL STORY

Annie Leibovitz shoots Tim Tebow for 'Vogue'

Photographer Annie Leibovitz took the time to shoot New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow for the upcoming issue of Vogue. Alas, it was a disappointment.

Hear me out, PopWatchers. Leibovitz is a wonderful photographer, but when you see her name, what do you think of? Nudity. After the Miley Cyrus debacle, I’ve come to expect lots of skin in any and all Leibovitz photographs. And not just nakedness, but shocking nakedness. With Tebow — the Christian crusader and potentially Taylor Swift’s ex-boyfriend — and Leibovitz, Vogue had the perfect chance to stage the most epic controversial nude pictures ever (well, aside from these and these) and they wasted it. READ FULL STORY

Campbell tries for youth appeal with Warhol-inspired labels, 'hipster' soups

50 years ago, Andy Warhol launched his fine art career with an exhibition featuring his iconic Campbell’s Soup Cans canvases. Now the canning giant is commemorating Warhol’s work — and trying to revitalize its own brand — by releasing special edition cans of condensed tomato soup that sport colorful, Warhol-print-inspired labels.

This is the company’s third flirtation with pop art — as the AP writes, Warhol-inspired cans were previously sold in small quantities in both 2006, at New York City department store Barney’s, and in 2004, at Pittsburgh-based supermarket Giant Eagle. (Warhol grew up in the Steel City, as did yours truly. Let’s go, Bucs!)

Ironically enough, Campbell is replacing the label Warhol painted in order to celebrate the artist’s work. Still, the Andy-inspired cans — Candies? No, that’s stupid — are undeniably eye-catching. Their bright color scheme and stylized Warhol quotes (“In the future, everybody will be world-famous for 15 minutes,” etc.) should help them stand out on the shelves at Target, where they’ll be sold starting Sunday.


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