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Upcoming Obama Art Books!

I've been meaning to mention for a while but since there hadn't been any official press releases yet about them, I was waiting to do so... but then I ran across this brief article in The Atlantic. So I guess maybe now the cat is out of the bag and I just missed the press releases!

Anyways, it appears there will be an onslaught of art books released in the coming months dealing with the Obama art movement. I personally have been queried by three such books, and have signed releases for all three, so I am assuming my "Obama 'Believe'" stencils, spoke cards, stickers, tshirts, and/or canvases will be included - though I have no way of actually knowing until I see the books themselves. But I am being led to believe my work will be included.

The first one is being published by Shepard Fairey himself and one of the organizers of the Manifest Hope shows. As mentioned in the above Atlantic article, it is entitled Art For Obama: Designing The Campaign For Change, will be released in October, and is apparently already available for pre-order via Amazon.com! The original title had the words "Manifest Hope" in it, so my understanding is that it will largely include the artists who took part in the two Manifest Hope shows in Denver and Washington D.C. I can't tell you how excited I am to be part of this one; I can't believe I'm going to be in a coffee table art book alongside artists like Shepard Fairey and Ron English!





The second book mentioned is entitled Hope: A Collection Of Obama Posters And Prints, and is being put together by Kansas City Art Institute professor Hal Elliott Wert. Wert apparently did a traveling exhibit of Obama art (I had no idea!) in partnership with the Mid-America Arts Alliance, and I know he bought a stencil print from me early in my process. So I'm assuming I was in that exhibition, and he did contact me for permission to reproduce the print in the book. It is also available already for pre-order on Amazon.com, is being released in October, and will be a hardcover.

The third one I have the least info on, but I was contacted about several months back. Entitled Designing Obama: Art Inspired By The Campaign For Change, it is being put together by Scott Thomas, who was the Design Director of New Media at Obama for America. All I know at this point is from a response to my email query in which Scott says, "We are in the editing/production phase with hope to release the book mid-summer." He also mentioned that they are not using traditional publishing methods, but did not elaborate, so I'm not really sure what that means. I guess we'll see! I'm still extremely flattered to have been asked to participate, and I look forward to the final result.

And while I'm on the topic of my Obama art... I recently discovered that my stencil was included in yet another international publication, The Art Newspaper, back in December. I was informed about it by several people, but couldn't track down a copy until just a few weeks ago when the buyer of my last Obama "Believe" canvas (the red one that was up in the SEIU gallery in D.C. during the inauguration) was kind enough to scan it in and send it to me. Thanks Ricardo!

And just so's ya know, I know by now the Obama fever has dissipated, but in case you are still a fervent supporter and never managed to get one of my Obama "Believe" t-shirts, I still have a bunch for sale in my Etsy shop for only $15 plus s/h. With only a few left, they are definitely a collector's item now!

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YESSS!!! that's exciting!!
 
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