Robbie Conal Streetwise
35 Years of Politically Charged Guerrilla Art
by G. James Daichendt, foreword by Shepard Fairey
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Pub Date 28 Apr 2020 | Archive Date 28 Apr 2020
Schiffer Publishing Ltd., Schiffer
The politically charged art of Robbie Conal is gnarled, gut retching, and emotionally laden. Featuring every image in Robbie Conal’s storied poster campaigns, this is the definitive history of “America’s foremost street artist” (Washington Post). A foreword by Shepard Fairey, American contemporary street artist, graphic designer, and activist, sets the scene. Conal's satirical posters of political figures are given richer context as his life story is insightfully joined with art criticism by expert Daichendt. Today honored by museums and arts organizations around the world, Conal hit high speed during the Reagan administration in 1986, when he began turning his grotesque portraits into street posters. We see Conal's life come together at a critical moment to attack issues of censorship, war, social injustice, and the environment.
About the author:
G. James Daichendt, EdD, serves as dean of the colleges and professor of art history at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. He is the author of several books, including The Urban Canvas: Street Art around the World (Weldon Owen, 2017); Kenny Scharf: In Absence of Myth (Cameron + Co., 2016); Shepard Fairey Inc., Artist/Professional/Vandal (Cameron + Co., 2014); Stay Up! Los Angeles Street Art (Cameron + Co., 2012); Artist Scholar: Reflections on Writing and Research (Intellect Ltd, 2011); and Artist-Teacher: A Philosophy for Creating and Teaching (Intellect Ltd, 2010). Dr. Daichendt is an art critic and journalist for Artbound on KCET, the nation’s largest public television station. In addition, he is the chief editor of the academic journal Visual Inquiry: Learning and Teaching Art. Jim holds a doctorate from Columbia University and graduate degrees from Harvard and Boston Universities.