Banksy posted a new oil painting, “United Kingdom”, on his Instagram account. Banksy’s comments on the current UK political situation have been ongoing since the May Dover mural.
New print release canceled. 6 June 2017.
Due to legal issues, Banksy announced this morning on www.banksy.co.uk that he is cancelling the promotion of a free print for voting against the Tories.
On 3 June, Banksy announced a new print release, a version of the iconic “Girl with Balloon”, only available to registered voters in the Bristol area who vote against the Conservative party. It would have been Banksy’s first regular print release since “Choose your weapon” in 2010.
Screenshots from http://www.banksy.co.uk and Banksy’s Instagram
Donald Trump (almost) visits the Walled Off Hotel. 23 May 2017.
Donald Trump’s visit to Bethlehem was announced on Banksy’s Instagram account on 24 May 2017. The picture of the presidential suite and the video clip of the Trump motorcade were removed a week later.
Brexit mural in Dover, UK. 7 May 2017.
Banksy’s take on Brexit comes at a contentious time for European politics: the UK is currently undergoing a general election that will dictate the relationship with or without the EU. And France is deciding on its European future on the other side of the Channel, only 80 km away. Confirmed by Banksy’s Instagram account on 7 May 2017.
New Banksy originals on Instagram. March 2017.
Banksy reactivated his Instagram account in March 2017. Supposedly because the official website, http://www.banksy.co.uk, is dedicated exclusively to the Walled Off Hotel project. Starting on 20 March, Banksy published five oil paintings, of which two connect to the “Mediterranean Seaview” triptych at Walled Off Hotel.
The Walled Off Hotel. Palestine, March 2017.
The Walled Off Hotel is the latest big exhibition by Banksy, with more than 20 new originals. The hotel is a piece of art in itself and effectively mixes art, politics, and tourism. On the ground floor are approx. 15 new Banksy studio pieces and a museum commemorating “a hundred years since the British took control of Palestine and helped kick start a Century of confusion and conflict”. There are eight bookable hotel rooms on the upper floor, some of which are decorated by Banksy. There is also an exhibition hall with local Palestinian artists, among them Suleyman Mansour.