Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Hope: A Collection of Obama Posters and Prints

The book, Hope: A Collection of Obama Posters and Prints by Hal Elliot Wert is now available for preorder.

Hal helped to sponsor the Obama art show in Chicago that Ray Noland organized along with some other folks like Scott Thomas (Scott was the creative director for the graphics work for the Obama Campaign).

Hal also is organizing a traveling Obama poster exhibit with the Mid-America Arts Alliance.

My "2044: Hope" piece will be in this book.

More about the book from the publisher:

"This book offers a striking and comprehensive visual chronology of posters created for Obama's run for the presidency. Most have been seen only by a limited number of viewers in the primary states. Others have rarely been seen outside the urban core or the art gallery world. An exception is the Shepard Fairey poster Hope that has been seen by millions as has his design for the cover of Time magazines Man-of-the-Year edition. Importantly, there has been nothing like this outpouring of quality prints and posters in past campaigns. The interior of the dust jacket folds out into a full-color reproduction of David Choe's "Hope" poster."

Art for Obama: Designing Manifest Hope and the Campaign for Change

The book, "Art For Obama: Designing Manifest Hope and the Campaign for Change" edited by Shepard Fairey and Jennifer Gross is available for preorder now.

I am excited to have my piece, "Retool America" in this book. Retool America is a silkscreen that won in the "Green Economy" Category of Manifest Hope, DC. Manifest Hope was a series of art gallery events in support of the Obama campaign for President.

About the book, from the publishers:

"Few events in recent memory have captivated the world’s attention like that of Barack Obama’s historic presidential campaign. Not only did it stir passionate political momentum, but it also inspired the creative talents of a world of artists, illustrators, and graphic designers.

Shepard Fairey’s iconic Hope portrait became the face of the campaign and, more than ever before, innovative graphic design became a central strategy for winning the race.

Comprised of collages, paintings, photo composites, prints, and computer-generated pieces, Art for Obama showcases the well-known images of the campaign as well as less famous but equally creative pieces from around the globe. This is a volume for design and art aficionados, as well as supporters of the 44th President of the United States who want a keepsake as uncommon as his extraordinary campaign."