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Obey Plagiarist

These COPY stickers are all over Toronto, as widespread as Shepard Fairey's 'André the Giant Has a Posse' and OBEY stickers were back in the day. I'm not sure, but i think that they are the visual representations of these critiques of Fairey's "political" artwork, which accuses him of plagiarism (which Fairey would not deny), but more importantly in my opinion, that:


a) Fairey is privatizing and enclosing the visual commons that was built by often anonymous artists in the midst of political struggle (all of Fairey's work is copywritten). (Josh Macphee)


and b) "his work is the very embodiment of "radical chic", bereft of historical memory and offering only feeble gestures, babbling incoherencies, and obscurantism as a challenge to the deplorable state of the world." (Mark Vallen)


Or, maybe these COPY stickers are a clever viral response to such critiques by Fairey himself, who knows.


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Taken on January 7, 2008