Banksy hosted an exhibition called The Cans Festival in London, over the weekend 3–5 May 2008. It was situated on Leake Street, a road tunnel formerly used by Eurostar underneath London Waterloo station. Graffiti artists with stencils were invited to join in and paint their own artwork, as long as it did not cover anyone else’s.
Flyer Cans Festival.
Banksy Buddha at Cans
Banksy statue at Cans
Banksy: Graffiti remover
Hooded man w knife
Photos: Romany WG and others
For this year’s edition of Santa’s Ghetto Banksy and his team went back to Bethlehem on the West Bank where he paints four stencils. The most iconic beeing the “Armoured dove”.
Barely Legal was the third major exhibition after Turf War and Crude Oils. It was held in a warehouse in Los Angeles on the weekend of 16 September 2006. Billed as a “three-day vandalised warehouse extravaganza”. The exhibition featured a live “elephant in a room,” painted in a pink and gold floral wallpaper pattern, which, according to leaflets handed out at the exhibition, was intended to draw attention to the issue of world poverty. Banksy continues exploring the “modified oils” genre from the previous exhibition “Crude Oils”.
The Santa’s Ghetto 2005 was held at Berwick Street in Soho. Featured Eine, 3D, Solo One, David Shrigley, Jamie Hewlett, Sickboy, Space Invader, Mode 2, Paul Insect, Dface, Polly Morgan and Banksy. Featured an oil painting by Banksy depicting the Segregation Wall.
Photos: Prescripion Art. http://www.artofthestate.co.uk and others
Crude Oils opened at 100 Westbourne Grove in London and was Banksy’s second major exhibition, after Turf War in 2003. It featured 20 versions of classical oil paintings, among them Van Googh, Hopper, Warhol, Turner and Monet. Also present were 200 live rats and some interesting sculptures.
In August 2005 Team Banksy visited Palestine where they painted seven large murals on the segregation wall. Banksy’s feelings about the barrier are made explicit in a statement which says the wall “essentially turns Palestine into the world’s largest open prison.” On Banksy’s website, readers are reminded that Israel’s 425-mile-long West Bank barrier, separating Israel from the Palestinian territories, is considered illegal by the United Nations. During the visit to Ramallah and surrounding areas, Banksy reports some tense moments. His spokeswoman Jo Brooks said: “The Israeli security forces did shoot in the air threateningly and there were quite a few guns pointed at him.”
Cut it out
Photos: Wall and piece – Banksy
The 2004 Santa’s Ghetto was held at Charing Cross Road. Two modified oils. Banksy’s “counterfeited” ten pound notes with Lady Di see the light.
Photos: http://www.artofthestate.co.uk, Andipa catalogue
Santa’s Ghetto 2003 opened on December 2 in an abandoned store just off Carnaby Street in London. Contained work by Banksy, Jamie Hewlett, Mode 2 and 3D among others. Described by Pictures on Walls as a “festive extravaganza of cheap art and related novelty goods from lowbrow artists and trained vandals”. The launch party attracted Damon Albarn and Alex James of Blur, and star chef Jamie Oliver.
Christ with shopping bags
Photos: Wembley Pairs, Flickr
Opened on July 18 and lasted for three days. Turf War is Banksy’s first major exhibition where he displays a great variety of different techniques and styles. Marks the beginning of a string of brilliant exhibitions with a periodicity of approximately two years. Turf War in 2003, Crude Oils, 2005, Barely Legal, 2006, Banksy vs Bristol Museum 2009, etc. The live cows and sheep are transported from the Somerset farm. There is also a section of “modified oils”, the most prominent being “Suicide bombers just need a hug”. The London art critics call the exhibitions one of the most interesting of the year.
Flyer – Turf War
Turf War – Overview
Silent Night – Turf War
Live Cows – Turf War
Photos: http://www.artofthestate.co.uk and Benny Goh
Banksy goes to a farm in Somerset to spraypaint live animals for his upcoming Turf War exhibition in London. Animal rights activists chain themselves to the railings surrounding the farm. “The cattle are show cattle donated by the farmer and he was happy to lend them,” says a spokeswoman for the exhibition.