Barely Legal – the first big US show. September 2006.

Barely Legal was the third major exhibition after Turf War and Crude Oils. It took place on the weekend of 16 September 2006 in a warehouse in Los Angeles and was billed as a “three-day vandalised warehouse extravaganza”. The exhibition featured a live “elephant in a room,” painted in a pink and gold floral wallpaper pattern. According to leaflets handed out at the show, “the elephant in the room” intended to draw attention to the issue of world poverty. Banksy continued exploring the “modified oils” genre from the previous “Crude Oils” exhibition.

Crude Oils. London, 22 – 24 October 2005

Crude Oils opened on 22 October 2005 at 100 Westbourne Grove in London and was Banksy’s third major exhibition after Severnshed and Turf War in 2003. It featured 20 versions of classical oil paintings: Van Gogh, Hopper, Warhol, Turner and Monet. Also present were 200 live rats and some interesting sculptures.

Turf War, London. July 2003

The show opened on 18 July and lasted for three days. Turf War displayed a great variety of genres, techniques and styles. It marked the beginning of a string of brilliant exhibitions with a periodicity of approximately two years: Turf War in 2003, Crude Oils in 2005, Barely Legal in 2006, Banksy vs Bristol Museum in 2009, etc. The London art critics called the exhibition one of the most interesting of the year.

Photos: and Benny Goh

ITV recorded this interview from the exhibitions—one of the few documented footage of a member of Team Banksy.