Banksy launches “Bbay – The approved used Banksy dealership”. 16 October 2019

Banksy’s handling service Pest Control Office has created one of the most efficient certification systems in the art world. For some time, they have also been active in the second-hand market as an intermediary between sellers and buyers of Banksy’s certified prints and unique studio work. (This has nothing to do with street-art pieces.) Now it seems like they are taking it to a whole new level with the announced launch of http://www.Bbay.shop. It is an interesting development for the booming secondary market in Banksy artwork, and will hopefully set a new standard for transparency in the art market.

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Gross Domestic Product opens for sale. 16 October 2019

Banksy opened his much-anticipated store on 16 October. Among the products on sale are two interesting prints, a three-framed version of “Love is in the Air”, and “Banksquiat”,  an homage to Jean Michel Basquiat. This is Banksy’s first regular print release since 2010.

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In Banksy’s own words: “I’m opening a shop. It’s called Gross Domestic Product™. It sells art, homewares and disappointment.”

http://www.grossdomesticproduct.com

Gross Domestic Product. Croydon, October 2019

The pop-up show opened  1 October on Church Street in Croydon, just a few miles south of London.

Photos: R.A.

In Banksy’s own words:

“This shop has come about as a result of legal action. A greeting cards company is trying to seize legal custody of the name Banksy from the artist, who has been advised the best way to prevent this is to sell his own range of branded merchandise.

So here it is – we hope to offer something for everyone, prices start from £10, but availability will be limited – all of these products are handmade in the UK, using existing or recycled materials, wherever possible. Including the ideas.”

“Gross Domestic Product – Where art irritates life”

The goods on display will be sold on the website http://www.grossdomesticproduct.com

Banksy reveals planned update for Brexit mural in Dover. 13 September 2019

The anti-Brexit mural was originally painted in May 2017. On 25 August 2019, a massive scaffolding was raised over the mural. On 10 September the scaffolding was taken down and the piece of art was gone. Whether the mural had been removed from the wall, or, if it had been whitewashed, is unclear. A few days later, Banksy published his plans for the mural for the day of the Brexit:20190913 Instagram.png Screenshot from Banksy’s Instagram. The lone craftsman and the flag crumpled on the ground

In his own words:

“Oh.
I had planned that on the day of Brexit I was going to change the piece in Dover to this..
But seems they’ve painted over it.
Nevermind. I guess a big white flag says it just as well.”

 

Installation at Royal Academy of Arts. 11 June 2019.

Banksy’s take on Brexit is well known as we have seen in three pieces during the last two years. The first being the big mural in Dover, unveiled on 7 May 2017. The second piece was the contribution to the last year summer exhibition at Royal Academy of Arts with the “Vote to Love”. And this year, Banksy is back at the RAA summer exhibition with an “Archway salvaged from Heathrow Airport”.

Photo: Banksy’s Instagram