“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.”
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 four oil paintings, all of them with an exquisite technique, especially regarding the movement of the waves. 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.