Glen E. Friedman’s FUCK YOU ALL show at 941 Geary Gallery opened to large swarms of loyal followers, interested art buyers, and press like us trying to cover the insanity. This type of massive turnout is testament to draw that Glen Friedman and Shepard Fairey bring to the art scene. Friedman’s photography is literally part of American’s history, and he has recorded both early punk and hip hop culture icons in a photo Rosetta stone of the who’s who.
Both Shepard and Friedman had constant barrage of devoted fans looking to get an autograph or a picture with either artist. What’s amazing is how they do such a wonderful job accommodating everyone despite the throngs of people. Shepard often gets slammed for any number of things, but when dealing with fans, the artist takes the time to really interact with individuals fully.
Shepard had a small number of pieces available, all impeccably detailed and based on Friedman’s photos. You need to see Fairey’s work in person to truly appreciate the artistry, and the work in FUCK YOU ALL is some of his best.
The show was an assemblage of classic Friedman imagery, there really was not an photo that did not hold historical value. Work ranged from Fugazi, Black Flag, Ice-T, Dead Kennedys, Minor Threat, The Misfits, Bad Brains, Beastie Boys, Ice-T, Run-D.M.C., KRS-One, and Public Enemy, as well as classic skateboarding originators such as Tony Alva, Jay Adams, Alan Gelfand, Duane Peters, and Stacy Peralta.
One of the best, most important shows of the year. See this.
FUCK YOU ALL runs from November 6, 2010 – December 31, 2010 at 941 Geary Gallery in San Francisco, CA: