Not Great Men Print by Shepard Fairey was a 18x24 inch screen print that was sold as a signed and numbered edition of 450 in 2013. This print was inspired by the band Gang of Four and their song "Not Great Men".
The bust of a classical statue looms in a black triangle with red accents.
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Leadership isn't always gained by the smartest people, and recently the world has become victim of electing men that are not as great as they may have represented.
Words on Art
Not Great Men - Weak Men Never Rule - Obey
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This artwork is also a original painting.
Words From Artist
The Not Great Men print was inspired by the Gang of Four song of the same name from their album “Entertainment”.. Gang of Four are a great band musically and lyrically with many of their songs tackling subjects like consumption, capitalism, obsession with power, exploitation, narcissism, and class structure. The song Not Great Men has long struck me as a wise indictment of the contradiction or paradox of leadership and power. It takes assertive, charismatic people with self-confidence to be leaders, but on the dark side, leaders are often power hungry, manipulative, and abusive of their power. Once someone has power it is not only possible for them to shape history for better or worse, but it is also easier for them to manipulate historical portrayal of their role in their favor. I think Gang of Four’s point with Not Great Men is to suggest that power is not inherently great and should be feared as much as revered. The world is often shaped by those who are not great men. On a personal note, I think a larger percentage of women in public leadership roles would bring more diplomacy, fairness, and benevolence. Of course, that is a generalization because one can cite Margaret Thatcher and Imelda Marcos as brutal women. Regardless of gender, the public needs to be less seduced by, and in awe of, power… and leaders need more checks and balances to their power. -Shepard