New print release for Ukrainian charity. 9 December 2022

In his own words:

“I’ve made 50 of these screenprints with all proceeds going to our friends in Ukraine. Visit banksy.legacyofwarfoundation.com”

It’s a signed and hand-finished print in an edition of 50. The price is GBP 5000 plus taxes – the market value is of course much higher. One can sign up here to participate in the lottery: https://banksy.legacyofwarfoundation.com. All proceeds go to Legacy of War Foundation, an ONG helping the Ukrainians with medical supplies and other peaceful equipment.

In Ukraine I saw a Legacy of War team sweep in and provide medical attention, heaters, fresh water and a friendly face to some very desperate people in a bombed out building. They also lent me one of their ambulances to work from, which turned out to be extremely useful when an angry babushka found me painting on her building and called the Police. I feel the least I should do is raise enough money to replace the number plates on the ambulance I hotted up..” — Banksy

Banksy vs GUESS. London, 18 November 2022

Fashion retailer GUESS was forced to shut their Regent Street outlet on 18 November, a few hours after Banksy posted the following message on Instagram: “They’ve helped themselves to my artwork without asking, how can it be wrong for you to do the same to their clothes?”

In November 2022, Guess announced their collaboration with Brandalised, a company specialized in selling licenses for popular images to international retailers. This wretched use of Banksy’s art is possible thanks to an unfavorable ruling at the EUIPO – European Union Intellectual Property Office – in May 2021.

Photos: @banksy and http://www.guess.com

All these 100% fake Banksy exhibitions. 22 August 2022

There are two types of unauthorized Banksy-exhibitions; the ones with 100% fake reproductions and the exhibitions with 100% authentic pieces. The exhibitions with authentic pieces are unauthorized by the artist, but well-curated displays of special edition screen-prints, canvases and other unique material, all with Certification of Authenticity issued by Pest Control together with high-quality ephemera. One of these exhibitions is “Art of Banksy”, last seen in Covent Garden in London and Washington DC. (The Art of Banksy was initially curated by former agent Steve Lazarides.) The other ones are “Banksy – the Art of Protest” – previously labelled as “Genius or Vandal?” and “Building Castles in the Sky”, last seen in New York and curated by Andipa. The three of them source their pieces from serious long-term collectors. One can assume they are not very popular with the Banksy camp, but nevertheless, they are honest and well-executed exhibitions.

On the other side: more than 20 ongoing exhibitions around the world with 100% fake artwork, squeezing out the exhibits mentioned above. Typically these fake exhibits consist of bad reproductions of street art and shoddy copies of his most iconic canvases and screen-prints. The organizers often promote the fake studio pieces as being authentic. To make it even more fake and confusing, one of these shady operators has copied the name of The Art of Banksy from the exhibit mentioned above.

The photos are from the 100% fake exhibit World of Banksy in Barcelona, still open at Espacio Trafalgar in the centre of the city:

Banksy drops t-shirt in support of defendants in the Colston case. 11 December 2021

In his own words:

“Next week the four people charged with pulling down Colston’s statue in Bristol are going on trial. I’ve made some souvenir shirts to mark the occasion. Available today 11th December from various outlets in the city (all proceeds to the defendants so they can go for a pint). One per person, £25 each plus VAT. Details on the Ujima Radio breakfast show from 9am.”

Photograph: @banksy on Instagram

A few hours later, the first Colston-tees started popping up at eBay at GBP 1,250.00 apiece.

At 4 PM, Banksy’s PR woman Jo Brooks communicated: “Banksy t-shirt drops in Bristol have now sold out.”

The Walled Off Hotel reopens. 4 December 2021

It has been closed for 20 months, but, today The Walled Off Hotel posted a hopeful message on Facebook:

“We are pleased to inform you that the hotel doors are open for visits and overnight stays as of today. The museum is still closed due to some maintenance work. Welcome everybody.”

The hotel´s website is receiving bookings again: https://walledoffhotel.com

There seem to be some novelties on the ground floor. The section with CCTV cameras has moved to the left of the reception, where the “Mediterranean Seaview” triptych hang before it was donated to charity. Another cool piece is the wood-carved model of Jerusalem’s Old Town made by the late Tawfiq Salsaa. The model was on display at Santas Ghetto 2007 and also at Banksy vs Bristol Museum in 2009.

The wood-carved model of Jerusalem by Tawfiq Salsaa. Photo: @walledoff – The Walled Off Hotel on Facebook

Banksy donates Oscar Wilde stencil to Reading Council. 4 December 2021

The donation was made public on 4 December at an exhibition curated by Grayson Perry at Bristol Museum. Banksy contributes with the original stencil to the piece he did on the wall of the Reading GAOL prison in March 2021. The idea is that Reading Council now sells the stencil and uses the proceeds to turn the derelict prison into a permanent art centre. It’s expected to fetch up to GBP 10 mn in a private sale.

In Banksy’s own words:

“I had very little interest in Reading until I was on a rail replacement bus service that went past the jail. It’s rare to find an uninterrupted 500m-long paintable surface slap bang in the middle of a town; I literally clambered over the passenger next to me to get a closer look. I promised myself I’d paint the wall even before I knew what it was. I’m passionate about it now, though. Oscar Wilde is the patron saint of smashing two contrasting ideas together to create magic. Converting the place that destroyed him into a refuge for art feels so perfect we have to do it.”

The Oscar Wilde stencil on display at Bristol Museum.

Banksy paints rat on the set of “The Outlaws”. 10 November 2021

“We can confirm that the artwork at the end of The Outlaws was an original Banksy, and that Christopher Walken painted over that artwork during the filming of this scene, ultimately destroying it,” a spokesperson for the BBC said.

The show is written and directed by Bristolian comedian Stephen Merchant and is filmed in Bristol.

From BBC’s website:

“The Outlaws, written and directed by Stephen Merchant, stars Hollywood veteran Walken as one of a group of minor criminals refurbishing a building for their community service. The last episode sees his character uncover the Banksy rat and two spray cans behind some wooden boards, and ask his supervisor if he should paint over it. The probation officer is looking the other way so doesn’t realise it’s a Banksy and tells him all graffiti must be painted over, which he does.” https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-59236187