"Anti-establishment" - ?
That's funny. I thought the Fairey portrait was one of the most pedestrian, lukewarm, acceptable, unoriginal works of art of the past several years. Like Obama's successful campaign, its success was born of a high degree of vacuousness.
Those thoughts were reinforced when I learned this (ht/PE).
I guess I'm more of a Wyeth guy when it comes to presenting the mundane in art. I prefer an artist who goes against the grain not by seeking shallow hipness, but by rejecting it.