Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2007
Marsha Williams fell in love with Shephard Fairey’s work long before his skyrocket to fame with the Obama hope emblem. Fairey’s work was important in the Williams’ home, becoming an agent for thought-provoking conversations with their children, who were young teenagers at the time. Marsha purchased Shephard Fairey’s Arab Woman for herself in 2007 and deeply cherished it. When she learned the artist was coming in town, she invited Fairey and his wife to dinner at the house. They remain close friends to this day.
This work is in very good condition overall. There is evidence of minor wear and handling to the edges. There are few areas where the collage elements have slightly lifted. The inconsistencies in surface texture are inherent to artist's working method. Under Ultraviolet light inspection, some areas within collaged elements (likely the glue and adhesive) slightly fluoresce but are not the result of previous restoration. Framed in artist's chosen frame. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.