Posted by: ableanna | November 5, 2008

Obama Art

Barack Obama changed the way in which a US presidential election campaign was run, by mobilizing the internet as a real tool for communicating his vision for change. As a result he inspired many people to create incredibly effective images and videos, that established Obama as an emblem for Hope and Progress, while taking political satire to the streets.
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Shepard Fairey‘s Obama posters struck gold in the visual landscape of American politics.

Some of my favorite street art has to be the Obama Superman, a gallery of these images can be found on Flickr here, but this image is by far my favorite,3004024163_960fd348a1_m

The pairing of Billi the Kid and Zoltron reinvented sticker culture with the muscly Sarah Palin (and who can’t forget the photoshopped image of Sarah Palin in a American Flag bikini holding a rifle?) , dancing John McCain and Sheriff George Dubya.

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I highly recommend the Obama Art Report for more information regarding these artists and many many more like-minded individuals. Finally, I leave you with some of my favorite images from last night’s President-elect acceptance speech:

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Responses

  1. Very cool post. Can I include a link to it in the teacher’s guide for the textbook I’m writing? It would be perfect with the unit we did on art in public spaces…

    Check this: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2008/10/25/opinion/20081025_opart.html

  2. Absolutely!

  3. PS> That map is awesome. And Ohio did decide it!


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