Shepard Fairey, Marilyn Minter, and other artists are putting out a barrage of election-themed art.
Artnet News, October 28, 2020
Kayla Mahaffey's graphic for When We All Vote initiative.
I don’t know if you’ve heard this, but there is a very important election coming up in the United States early next month. And the nation’s artists very, very much want you to know about it.
In the final weeks, creative get-out-the-vote efforts are shooting up to huge levels, with artists from Mark Bradford to Kara Walker to Shepard Fairey (so much Shepard Fairey!) pumping out posters, graphics, murals, and more, all to mobilize voters to get to the polls.
Some are straightforward pleas to vote. Some are deliberately targeted at swing states or specific demographics. Some seems fairly random (we’re not sure what’s going on with Tavares Strachen’s pro-Emperor Haile Selassie graphic as a 2020 GOTV message).
Here’s a guide to some of the most notable artistic voting messages, including links to sites where you can print out or purchase versions of them—there’s still time. Voting, meanwhile, has already begun.
Vote.org and a huge array of partner museums have come together for PlanYourVote.org, a get-out-the-vote initiative tapping a host of big name visual artists to create graphics. All are available as a public library of downloadable images online at the PlanYourVote website, which also features resources on how and where to vote.
Sanford Biggers for PlanYourVote.org.
Laurie Simmons for PlanYourVote.org.
Wangechi Mutu for PlanYourVote.org.
American Artist for PlanYourVote.org.
Robert Longo for PlanYourVote.org.
Sam Taylor Johnson for PlanYourVote.org.
Guerrilla Girls for PlanYourVote.org.