Shepard Fairey’s “Rebel Waltz” on Orchard Street

Posted on: July 5th, 2011 at 6:28 am by

Last week, the neighborhood became a battleground of sorts for two esteemed street artists. Frenchman JR planted his flag at the commercially curated Tony Goldman graffiti wall and also on the recently-placed plywood at the former Mason Dixon on Essex Street. Not to be outdone, however, controversial tagger Shepard Fairey was also on the prowl, hitting the facade of 213 Bowery and the Little Cupcake Bakeshop on Prince Street. But a more low-key Obey piece surfaced on Orchard Street shortly thereafter.

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As the visitors center at 103 Orchard inches toward completion, the plywood continues to rot, with the Tenement Museum ads fading. Yet sometime Thursday afternoon, another Fairey poster was pasted to the corner fence at Delancey. Dubbed “Rebel Waltz,” this full-size Obey collage is a bit more interesting than the other two, boasting a musical theme with guitars and rockstars. Indeed, the print is actually based on a famous photo of punk rocker Paul Simonon of the Clash, as originally shot by Kate Simon.

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[Photo Credit: Artnet]

The “Rebel Waltz” is part of a recent collaboration with Simon in which Shep reinterpreted her photographs of both Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon.  It was first released in limited edition back on May 5.

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