Two new Banksy murals have appeared on the walls of Barbican centre in London. Both pieces were confirmed on 17 September on Banksy’s Instagram account. The first piece depicts Banksy’s version “Boy and dog in a Johnnypump” by Basquiat. The second motive is possibly comparing the Basquiat exhibition with the London Eye tourist attraction. Jean-Michel Basquiat started his career as a street artist in New York.
Banksy’s announcement reads: “Major new Basquiat show opens at the Barbican – a place that is normally very keen to clean any graffiti from its walls”
During 2016 there were only two street art pieces documented. One in London in January and the other one in Bristol in June.
London, January 2016
Bristol, June 2016
Besides the stencils for the London Olympics there are only a handful street art pieces in 2012, and all of the in the UK. Inscriptions are coming back.
Banksy stencils four motives in London on the Olympic theme.
Photos: http://www.banksy.co.uk and http://www.arrestedmotion.com
Banksy showed his support for the Occupy London movement by installing a new piece at St.Paul’s Cathedral. The sculpture consists of a modified Monopoly board with the hotel covered in graffiti including a TOX tag and an unshaven Monopoly mascot begging for change with his top hat.
After spending some months in the US in the first half of 2011, Banksy is back in UK for the summer. One piece in Liverpool, and maybe two in Bristol, the rest of them in London.
Photos: http://www.banksy.co.uk, http://www.arrestedmotion.com
Besides the Cans Festival in May, this year there are very few documented street art pieces in the UK.
Banksy hosted an exhibition called The Cans Festival in London, over the weekend 3–5 May 2008. It was situated on Leake Street, a road tunnel formerly used by Eurostar underneath London Waterloo station. Graffiti artists with stencils were invited to join in and paint their own artwork, as long as it did not cover anyone else’s.
Flyer Cans Festival.
Banksy Buddha at Cans
Banksy statue at Cans
Banksy: Graffiti remover
Hooded man w knife
Photos: Romany WG and others
One can see several changes in Banksy’s street art from 2006 and onwards. The pieces are fewer but much more elaborated. Banksy goes to Bristol in October to paint a police sniper and a boy with a paper bag waiting to burst it in his ears.
In June 2006 Banksy goes back to Bristol to paint the iconic “Well Hung Man” on Frogmore Street. Other notable work includes the vandalised telephone booth and the “18 minutes”, the maid sweeping the dust under the carpet.
Well hung man, Bristol
18 minutes, London