Shepard Fairey and JR Vying for LES Street Art Supremacy

06/30/2011 12:57 PM |

(via Bowery Boogie)
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Yesterday two new large-scale artworks were spotted on the Lower East Side: Vandalog found Shepard Fairey putting up a huge and quite beautiful stencil (after the jump) at the corner of Bowery and Rivington on the building that houses Sue Scott Gallery—two blocks south of the new JR photo mural where Fairey’s work was thoroughly defaced a couple years ago—and Bowery Boogie noticed a new JR photograph (above) covering plywood at the recently shuttered Essex Street bar Mason Dixon.

Shepard Fairey stencil on the Lower East Side
  • (via Vandalog)

Fairey was in town for a Tuesday evening book release panel at the Phaidon store in Soho, and presumably wanted to dispel recent chatter about how little of his own work he actually puts up on the street sparked by this very awkward, but also not terribly scandalous TMZ video:

Successful artists have assistants, big deal.

(Bowery Boogie; Vandalog)