Shepard Fairey to paint largest mural to date in Detroit


Update 3:41 p.m., Friday, May 8: The location of Shepard Fairey's largest mural has now been confirmed. The 184-foot wide by 60-foot tall design will occupy the Gratiot Avenue and Farmer Street sides of the Compuware Building at 1 Campus Martius, Detroit. The building was recently jointly-purchased by Gilbert's Bedrock Real Estate Services and Meridian Health, and is expected to be renamed. 

Originally posted 10:54 a.m. Thursday, May 7:

OK, this gets a little confusing, but stay with us:

Street artist Shepard Fairey — even if you don't think you know who he is, you know who he is — will be in Detroit later this month to exhibit work at the Library Street Collective. He will also paint what will be his largest mural to date somewhere in Detroit.

His show his titled Printed Matters, and will focus printed materials like serigraphs on paper, editions on wood, editions on metal, and fine art collage. Meanwhile, Fairey will also exhibit as part of the Public Matter series, the outdoor gallery located in the alley behind the LSC known as the Belt. He's the second artist to exhibit in Public Matter, and will also paint a permanent mural in the Belt as well.

So, got that? Printed Matters and Public Matter are two different shows, right next to each other, both featuring Shepard Fairey. Glad we could clear that up (hey, they both picked the names before this corporate merger). The opening reception is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, May 22. The Library Street Collective is located at 1260 Library St., Detroit; 313-600-7443; The show runs until Aug. 15.

Separately, Fairey will also paint what will be his largest mural to date. The location of the mural has yet to be revealed, but we'll bet it will be on a Dan Gilbert-owned building (Gilbert's Bedrock Real Estate Services are presenting Fairey's show).

Look to Metro Times for details as they emerge. Meanwhile, New York street artists How and Nosm are set to start painting the world's tallest mural on Gilbert's First National Building here in Detroit soon.

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