Banksy launches “Bbay – The approved used Banksy dealership”. 16 October 2019

Banksy’s handling service Pest Control Office has created one of the most efficient certification systems in the art world. They have also been active in the second-hand market as an intermediary between sellers and buyers of Banksy’s certified prints and unique studio work. (This has nothing to do with street-art pieces.)

Now it seems like they are taking it to a new level with the announced launch of It is an interesting development for the booming secondary market in Banksy artwork and will hopefully set a new standard for transparency in the art market.

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Gross Domestic Product opens for sale. 16 October 2019

Banksy opened his much-anticipated store on 16 October. Among the products on sale are two interesting prints, a three-frame version of “Love is in the Air” and “Banksquiat,” a homage to Jean Michel Basquiat. These are Banksy’s first regular print releases since 2010.

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In Banksy’s own words: “I’m opening a shop. It’s called Gross Domestic Product™. It sells art, homewares and disappointment.”

Banksy designs stab-proof vest for Stormzy. 28 June 2019.

Banksy comments on the knife stabbing epidemic with a stab-proof vest for Croydon-born superstar Stormzy to wear at his headlining act at Glastonbury. In his own words:

“I made a customised stab-proof vest and thought – who could possibly wear this? Stormzy at Glastonbury.”

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Photo: Banksy’s Instagram

A few days later, Banksy published a Stormzy clip on his Youtube channel:

Stormzy backstage at Glastonbury 2019

Installation at Royal Academy of Arts. 11 June 2019.

Banksy’s take on Brexit is well known, as we have seen in three pieces during the last two years. The first is the big mural in Dover, unveiled on 7 May 2017. The second piece contributed to last year’s summer exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts with the “Vote to Love”. And this year, Banksy is back at the RAA summer exhibition with an “Archway salvaged from Heathrow Airport”.

Photo: Banksy’s Instagram

Banksy at the Venice Biennale. 22 May 2019

Banksy hit the Venice Biennale uninvited with a contemporary message. In his own words on Instagram:

“Setting out my stall at the Venice Biennale. Despite being the largest and most prestigious art event in the world, for some reason I’ve never been invited.”

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The official clip of the prank:

Street artist in Venice / Banksyfilm

Banksy comments on Brexit fiasco. 28 March 2019

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Devolved Parliament was originally exhibited at the Banksy vs Bristol Museum in the summer of 2009. The show attracted over 300,000 visitors and was the most visited art exhibition in the UK that year.

The piece is one of Banksy’s largest oil paintings, 4 meters by 2.5 meters. The artwork will be displayed again at Bristol Museum for 6 months, from 28 March to 1 September 2019.

New piece at The Walled Off Hotel. 1 February 2019

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 kilometres 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 the previous post: The Walled Off Hotel. Palestine, March 2017.

Shredding at Sotheby’s. 5 October 2018

From Sotheby’s web:

“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.” 

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Photo: Banksy’s Instagram

Days after the shredding, Banksy published the following two clips on his Youtube-channel:

Sotheby’s, October 5th 2018

Shredding the Girl and Balloon – The Director’s half cut