Pictures of the new piece were posted on 1 February on several independent Instagram accounts.
Photos: @francas on Instagram
Walled Off Hotel opened almost two years ago in Bethlehem, only six kilometers south of downtown Jerusalem, but on the other side of the wall. The hotel is a piece of art in itself and at the same time a huge political statement, all mixed with Banksy’s usual charm and wit. A visit is highly recommendable. See previous post: The Walled Off Hotel. Palestine, March 2017.
“In a moment that caught the art world by surprise, Banksy’s Girl with Balloon self-destructed just as the final hammer signaled the end of an evening of auctions in London. The work sold for £1,042,000 ($1.4 million), tying the artist’s record in pounds at auction previously achieved in 2008.
The framed work, spray paint and acrylic on canvas, mounted on board depicted a girl reaching out toward a bright red, heart shaped balloon – one of Banksy’s most iconic images – began to pass through a shredder hidden in the frame.”
Banksy’s former agent Steve Lazarides opened a very interesting exhibition at his Mayfair gallery of some of Banksy’s most coveted oil paintings, labeled “Greatest Hits 2002 – 2008”. 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.
Banksy made it into the Royal Academy of Arts with a piece on Brexit referendum. The Royal Academy of Arts (RA) is currently celebrating its 250th anniversary with an extended summer exhibition.
The piece was published on Banksy’s Instagram account on 11 June 2018. In his own words:
“I entered an early version of this into the RA summer exhibition under the pseudonym Bryan S Gaakman – an anagram of ‘banksy anagram’. It was refused. Then a month later I got a mail from the co-ordinator Grayson Perry asking me to submit something so I sent it again. It’s now hanging in gallery 3.”