Partisan Print
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Partisan Print

Year: 2013
Run Size: 400
Part of Set: none
Size: 18x24
Paper: unknown
Print Type: Screen Print
Release Date: 04/25/2013

A collaboration between Shepard Fairey and Gary Baseman, this print is signed by both artists and originally retailed for $70. The print was originally only available for purchase from the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, either on their website or in-person at Gary Baseman's House Party, the opening event for Gary Baseman: The Door is Always Open. 200 copies of the print were sold through the Center, with the remainder of the run sold via on 05/02/2013.


I was very happy that the 200 "Partisan" prints available at Gary Baseman's Skirball show sold out. I was unhappy to hear that some people commented that the poster contradicted my anti-assault rifle God Saves and Satan Invests print. The "Partisan" print is based on a photo of Gary's father who escaped murder by the Nazis in Poland to join up with Russian paratroopers as a partisan. The print is about celebrating Gary's family history and his father's courage, not that he was forced to take up arms to survive. The circumstances in the case of Gary's father are not comparable to Americans craving assault weapons in peacetime.

History comes alive in Partisan, a dynamic collaboration between Shepard Fairey and Gary Baseman, featuring Ben Baseman – a freedom fighter who fought in the woods of Poland for over three years during World War II. Ben Baseman survived the mass murders that took place in 1941-42 in cities across Eastern Europe, including his hometown of Berezne. After losing his parents and many loved ones, he fought for freedom and miraculously survived. Ben Baseman lived to the age of 93, having raised four children in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles that includes the artist Gary Baseman.

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