Banksy’s critique of the military industrial complex is a child’s drawing where part of the story is told outside the frame. The piece seems to connect two recent Banksy: The stick figure and her/his house from the Bristol street art piece in June 2016, and the three drones above Jesus Christ at Walled Off Hotel. Published on Banksy’s Instagram account today with the following announcement:
“My contribution to the Art the Arms Fair exhibition, which opens opposite the world’s biggest arms fair – held this week in London”
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 a series of four paintings in the “modified oil” genre. The two latest connects directly to “The Beach” series of three oil paintings at Walled Off Hotel. http://www.instagram.com/banksy/ .
Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, MOCA, held a collective Street Art exhibition in April 2011 where Banksy participated with a room full of versions of old work but also some new stuff. The “Stained window” with the graffiti boy praying was a collaboration between Banksy and a local art school.
“In the summer of 2009 Bristol Museum & Art Gallery was taken over by an extraordinary exhibition of works by the infamous Bristol artist Banksy. Overnight the museum was transformed into a menagerie of Unnatural History – fishfingers swimming in a gold-fish bowl, hot-dogs and chicken nuggets. Paintings were placed in amongst the historic collections of Old Masters, sculptures and other pieces dotted around throughout the museum displays. The main entrance was transformed into a sculpture hall, accompanied by a burnt out ice-cream van that pumped out an eerie sound-track of warped tunes, whilst a giant ice-cream melted on its roof.
Before long, people queued around the block to get into the exhibition, some as long as seven hours just to be part of this unique phenomenon. Over 100 works by the artist – most of which had not been shown before – were displayed.
Banksy left one sculpture behind. Pictured above is the Angel Bust – or the paint-pot angel which is currently on display at the museum. He also gave another work to the museum of a sculpture of Jerusalem, which was made by another artist called Tawfiq Salsaa – you can see it in our online collection.” Source: Bristol Museum
Banksy opens his first exhibition in New York, “The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill”. It features mainly animatronics. Almost all of the content is used the following year in the “Banksy vs Bristol Museum”, Banksy’s biggest exhibition so far.