Overstatement of the Day?

| From a New York Times review of an art exhibit by Shepard Fairey, the street artist best known for creating the Obama “hope” poster: “Before the Saks campaign makes it painful even to think about this artist, who did more than any other to get our current president elected …” If that is remotely true, expect the salaries of all street artists to rise precipitously before the next election. [%comments]

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  1. Ashley says:

    How is this an overstatement? Fairey may well have done more than any other artist to get Obama elected. It would be overstating it to suggest he did more than any other person, regardless of profession, but I don’t believe that is the author’s intent.

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  2. Mr Miller says:

    I’m entirely in agreement with Ashley.

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  3. Scott B says:

    It depends on your definition of “artist”.

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  4. Tully says:

    Yeah, I read that as Fairey having done more than any other artist to get Obama elected, which probably isn’t saying much, unless there’s an artist out there who was a major donor to the campaign.

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  5. Grant says:

    I agree with Ashley. What other artist did more for Obama? Perhaps the graphic designer(s) who worked on all the campaign logos, signage, etc., but this was most likely a team of artists and thus it would be difficult to single out any one of them for praise.

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  6. Tyler says:

    based on what I’ve seen at batpaintingsofbarackobama.com, I would say Fairey DID do more than any other artist. Except maybe the artist who painted Obama emerging from the ocean in a glistening white suit.

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  7. Geoff says:

    Shepard didn’t do more than either George Bush or Sarah Palin did to help Obama get elected… but I guess they are not artists, at least not in the traditional sense.

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  8. adrienne says:

    Abraham Lincoln credited photographer Matthew Brady with making him President.

    Brady had Lincoln pull his collar up to shorten the appearance of his long neck. After those photographs Lincoln insisted on being pictured that way.


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