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Controversial street artist faces graffiti charges
By Casey Ramsdell, Globe Correspondent
Controversial street artist Shepard Fairey, who has a major exhibition under way at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art, was arrested by Boston police Friday night on graffiti charges.
Fairey, 38, was arrested at about 9:15 p.m. on his way to guest deejay an event attended by hundreds kicking off his exhibition.
Fairey, who attracted the spotlight during the presidential campaign with his iconic red, white, and blue posters of Barack Obama, was arrested on warrants issued for him on Jan. 24 for damage to property due to graffiti, police said.
Police allege that he tagged locations in the Massachusetts Avenue and Newbury Street area and the railroad trestle by the BU Bridge, said department spokesman Officer James Kenneally.
Fairey faces arraignment Monday in either Brighton District Court or Roxbury District Court or both, said Suffolk district attorney's spokesman Jake Wark.
Fairey is known for his countercultural style and has told the Globe he has been arrested 14 times. More than 750 people were waiting for his appearance at the "Experiment Night" event at the ICA.
Fairey is also locked in a dispute with The Associated Press over whether he illegally used a copyrighted AP photo to produce his Obama poster.