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.”
Banksy’s stay in Paris has been a productive one. On 28 June, Banksy’s Instagram confirmed eight new stencils.
“Fire door, Bataclan”
Detail – “Fire door, Bataclan”
“Fifty years since the uprising in Paris 1968. The birthplace of modern stencil art”
“Porte de la Chapelle, migrant’s soup kitchen.”
“LIBERTÉ, ÉGALITÉ, CABLE TV”
As reported by Street Art News (www.streetartnews.net) the following two pieces did appear in Paris at the same time and in the same area, but, they haven’t been confirmed yet. Judging by style, execution and the political content they ought to be authentic.
A typical NY Stock Exchange broker running away with a pile of cash is the latest of recent NY-pieces to be confirmed by http://www.banksy.co.uk. According to several sources it was painted around 10 March, at the same time as the “seal” and the “mean real-estate developer”.
The seal was painted at the same abandoned gas station in Midwood, Brooklyn as the Trump “gentrification” piece. According to locals, both pieces were painted around 10 March. The seal uses the remaining part of the Mobil gas station logo as his ball.
Image: Banksy’s Instagram
Banksy continues his New York session 2018 with another large mural, this time in Brooklyn. The piece depicts a typical real-estate developer equipped with a hardhat and a graph instead of a whip in his hand. A reference to Mr. Trump’s beginnings as heir to the vast real estate empire founded by his father Fred Trump?
Image: Banksy’s Instagram
The piece is located in Brooklyn, at Coney Island Avenue and Avenue I.
A 22-meter long mural was unveiled on 15 March in New York in support of jailed Turkish painter Zehra Dogan.
“I really feel for her. I’ve painted things much more worthy of a custodial sentence,” Banksy said in a statement to the New York Times.
The piece was made in collaboration with street artist Borf and can be found at the corner of Houston Street and the Bowery
Banksy is back in New York with his first piece since October 2013. It’s a brilliantly executed “rat-in-the-clock”, a theme which has been used a few times before, most recently at The Walled Off Hotel. The piece can be found on 6th Av, a few blocks south of Empire State Building.
Image from Banksy’s Instagram
On 3 December there were two street art pieces unveiled. The first one depicts two angels trying to open up the Segregation Wall with a crowbar. Supposedly it was painted some days ago but hidden from the public eye with a banner. The second one is a text-based stencil with a sharp message in the center of Bethlehem.
Both are yet to be confirmed by banksy.co.uk or his Instagram account. According to well-informed sources, they are authentic.
The Balfour Declaration was signed on 2 November 1917 by the British government announcing support for the establishment of a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine, then an Ottoman region with a minority Jewish population. It read:
His Majesty’s government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.
Banksy commemorated the Balfour declaration with an apology on the segregation wall a few meters from his Walled Off Hotel, and a small ceremony with a Queen Elizabeth impersonator.
An official statement from Banksy read:
“This conflict has brought so much suffering to people on all sides – it didn’t feel appropriate to ‘celebrate’ the British role. The British didn’t handle things well here. When you organise a wedding,” referring to the promise of a Jewish national homeland in Palestine, “it’s best to make sure the bride isn’t already married.”
Inside the Walled Off Hotel, there is a truly brilliant and interesting museum on the situation created by the Balfour declaration, curated by the Banksy team together with Dr Gavin Grindon from Essex University.
Four stencils appeared on 13 December in “The Jungle”, a Calais refugee camp. Since Dismaland it’s clear that Banksy’s preferred theme is the refugee situation in Europe.
This picture taken on December 12, 2015 shows a street art graffiti representing Steve Jobs, founder and late CEO of Apple, by elusive British artist Banksy at the migrant camp known as the “Jungle” in Calais, northern France. / AFP / PHILIPPE HUGUEN / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION – TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Photos: http://www.banksy.co.uk, http://www.lemonde.fr