National Portrait Gallery obtains Obama street art

Los Angeles artist Shepard Fairey’s iconic image of President-Elect Barack Obama will be on display in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery before he takes office, according to the institution.

The original is a 5-foot-high mixed-media collage, but versions of the image were widely replicated on stickers, posters, T-shirts and buttons leading up to the election. (At right is a popular version.) The image was also used on the cover of Time for its Person of 2008 issue.

Shepard Fairey is best known (to me, at least) as the guy who did the Obey Giant stickers and the art for a lot of rock albums.

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