Apr 02, 2019 | By Joanne Thomas
May 03, 2010
On Saturday night, the New York art world descended upon Deitch Projects to view the unveiling of Shepard Fairey’s May Day opening. The monumental occasion was also an important milestone for Jeffrey Deitch, owner of Deitch Projects – as this was Deitch’s last and final opening before moving to Los Angeles to assume his post as MOCA’s Director. Hundreds upon hundreds of spectators lined the streets, hoping to catch a glimpse of the awe-inspiring works of modern art.
Prior to the big Saturday opening, we had a special invite to check out Fairey’s work at Deitch. Watching the installation process was a reminder of how much physical energy actually goes into putting on such a massive show. Large works, some stretching 20 feet in height – arranged in four piece panel sets – were the focal backdrop of the event.
Deitch and Fairey posed for us, in front of a portrait of iconic artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Some of the most interesting pieces included an emotional painting of Yoko Ono and John Lennon, as well as the menagerie of Fairey’s smaller scale works.
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