If you want to see Shepard Fairey’s first museum show you better be prepared to travel

The Echo Park studio of the artist behind the now world-famous Obama poster is less than two miles away from downtown Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art. But when it came time to organize Fairey’s first major museum retrospective, the contemporary museum that took up the task was in Boston. (I guess MOCA was too busy getting into financial trouble).

The Institute of Contemporary Art of Boston opens “Shepard Fairey: Supply & Demand” on Feb. 6. in time to celebrate the 20th anniversary of “Obey Giant,” the image that established Fairey as one of the nation’s best known street artists. It does not look like the show, based on press materials, is traveling to Los Angeles.

Image: Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

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