Famous Street Artists Guest Star On The Simpsons
Following Banksy’s appearance on “The Simpsons,” even more artists are guest starring on the popular sitcom. Four famous street artists – Shepard Fairey, Ron English, Kenny Scharf, and Robbie Conal — are making an appearance on an episode humorously titled, “Exit Through the Kwik-E-Mart.”
The Obey Giant website explains:
“Bart goes undercover as a graffiti street artist and plasters Homer’s unflattering image all over Springfield. But one night, Bart and Milhouse get caught in the act by established street artists Shepard Fairey, Ron English, Kenny Scharf, and Robbie Conal (guest voicing as themselves), and to Bart’s surprise, they invite him to exhibit his satirical artwork in his very own gallery show. Meanwhile, a hip, new health food superstore opens in Springfield that threatens to put Apu and the Kwik-E-Mart out of business.”
Bart the street artist. Dare we say, Bartsy?
“Part of being on ‘The Simpsons,’ is you’re being honored as a reference point in culture,” Fairey said. “But you also can’t be too sensitive about that part of culture being made fun of…There’s irony that comes with something outsider becoming insider. And they do a great job of examining that.”
As street art infiltrates the mainstream, it is good to see that a leader like Fairey not taking himself too seriously. Don’t miss the episode! It airs on March 4.