New section on Banksy’s official web. September 2018

In a new section on his official web, http://www.banksy.co.uk, Banksy reminds us that his own art-shows have been free of charge.

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Screenshot from http://www.banksy.co.uk

The listed shows are:

Unique Banksy retrospective at Lazarides. 12 July 2018

Banksy’s former agent Steve Lazarides opened a unique exhibition labeled “Greatest Hits 2002 – 2008” at his Mayfair gallery. At the center of the exhibition are seven unique pieces from the 2005 “Crude Oil” exhibition. One can also find the original paintings to some of the most iconic prints, such as “Christ with shopping bags”, “Barcode Leopard” and “Trolleys”. The exhibition runs until 25 August.

Photos: R.A.

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 joint venture between the Banksy team and a local Palestinian entrepreneur with a background in the London art world. The Walled Off Hotel mixes art, politics,  and tourism in a very effective way. On the ground floor, there are 15 new Banksys and a museum commemorating  “a hundred years since the British took control of Palestine and helped kick start a Century of confusion and conflict.” On the upper level,  there’s an exhibition hall with local Palestinian artists, among them Suleyman Mansour. The hotel in itself is a piece of political art in every aspect.

 

Photos: R.A.

Dismaland. August – September 2015.

Dismaland was a temporary art project organised and financed by Banksy, constructed in the seaside resort town of Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, England. Prepared in secret, the pop-up exhibition at the Tropicana, a disused lido, was “a sinister twist on Disneyland” that opened during the weekend of 21 August 2015 and closed permanently on September 27, 2015, 36 days later. Banksy described it as a “family theme park unsuitable for children.”

Banksy created ten new works and funded the construction of the exhibition himself. The show featured 58 artists of the 60 Banksy originally invited to participate. 4,000 tickets were available for purchase per day, priced at £3 each.

 

Banksy’s pieces on Dismaland. Photos: R.A.

Better Out Than In. New York, October 2013.

On 1 October, Banksy began a one-month “show on the streets of New York”, for which he opened a separate website and twitter account. On every day for the rest of the month, he produced one street art piece in different locations.

A pop-up boutique of about 25 spray-art canvases appeared on Fifth Avenue near Central Park on 12 October. Tourists were able to buy Banksy art for just $60 each. In a note posted to his website, the artist wrote: “Please note this was a one-off. The stall will not be there again.” The BBC estimated that the street-stall art pieces could be worth as much as $31,000. The booth was manned by an unknown elderly man who went about four hours before making a sale, yawning and eating lunch as people strolled by without a second glance at the work. Banksy chronicled the surprise sale in a video posted to his website noting, “Yesterday I set up a stall in the park selling 100% authentic original signed Banksy canvases. For $60 each.” Two of the canvasses sold at a July 2014 auction for $214,000. Source: Wikipedia.

Sequence from October 1 to 31: