Artist best known for the posters that helped elect Barack Obama is accused of peddling pro-government propaganda.

This article titled “Shepard Fairey beaten up after spat over controversial Danish mural” was written by Xan Brooks, Dominic Rushe in New York and Lars Eriksen in Copenhagen, for The Guardian on Friday 12th August 2011 19.48 UTC

When graffiti artist Shepard Fairey turned his talents to US politics, his reward was international acclaim and a letter of thanks from Barack Obama. When he employed a similar tactic in Denmark, however, the response proved altogether less edifying.

Last weekend, Fairey – creator of the famous “Hope” poster that came to encapsulate Obama's 2008 presidential campaign – was beaten up after the opening of his exhibition at a Copenhagen gallery.

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