New print release canceled. 6 June 2017.

Due to legal issues, Banksy announced this morning on www.banksy.co.uk that he cancels the promotion of a free print for voting against the Tories

On 3 June Banksy had announced a new print release, a version of the iconic “Girl with Balloon”, only available to registered voters in the Bristol area who vote against the Conservative party. It would have been Banksy’s first regular print release since  “Choose your weapon” in 2010.

 

 

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Brexit mural in Dover, UK. 7 May 2017.

Banksy’s take on Brexit comes at a contentious time for European politics: the UK is currently undergoing a general election that will dictate the relationship with or without the EU. On the other side of the Channel, only 80 km away, France is deciding on its European future. Confirmed by Banksy’s Instagram account on 7 May 2017.

 

 

 

New Banksy originals on Instagram. March 2017.

 

 

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/ .

 

The Walled Off Hotel. Palestine, March 2017.

The Walled Off Hotel is the latest big exhibition by Banksy with more than 20 new originals. The hotel is a joint venture between the Banksy team and a local Palestinian entrepreneur with a background in the London art world. The Walled Off Hotel mixes art, politics,  and tourism in a very effective way. On the ground floor, there are 15 new Banksys and a museum commemorating  “a hundred years since the British took control of Palestine and helped kick start a Century of confusion and conflict.” On the upper level,  there’s an exhibition hall with local Palestinian artists, among them Suleyman Mansour. The hotel in itself is a piece of political art in every aspect.

 

Photos: R.A.

Calais. France, December 2015.

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.

Photos: http://www.banksy.co.uk, http://www.lemonde.fr

The Gaza Strip. February 2015.

In February 2015 Banksy published a 2-minute video titled “Make this the year YOU discover a new destination” about his trip to Gaza Strip. During his visit he painted a few artworks including a kitten on the remains of a house destroyed by an Israeli air strike. (“I wanted to highlight the destruction in Gaza by posting photos on my website — but on the internet people only look at pictures of kittens“) and a swing hanging off a watchtower. In a statement to the New York Times his publicist said:

I don’t want to take sides. But when you see entire suburban neighborhoods reduced to rubble with no hope of a future — what you’re really looking at is a vast outdoor recruitment center for terrorists. And we should probably address this for all our sakes.

Source: Wikipedia

Street Art 2014. Only UK.

After a frenetical activity during the previous years, Banksy is slowing down in 2014. There are six works documented, all of them in the UK, and only one in London (!!). One can assume that The Banksy team was preparing for 2015.

Better Out Than In. New York, October 2013.

On 1 October, Banksy began a one-month “show on the streets of New York”, for which he opened a separate website and twitter account. On every day for the rest of the month, he produced one street art piece in different locations.

A pop-up boutique of about 25 spray-art canvases appeared on Fifth Avenue near Central Park on 12 October. Tourists were able to buy Banksy art for just $60 each. In a note posted to his website, the artist wrote: “Please note this was a one-off. The stall will not be there again.” The BBC estimated that the street-stall art pieces could be worth as much as $31,000. The booth was manned by an unknown elderly man who went about four hours before making a sale, yawning and eating lunch as people strolled by without a second glance at the work. Banksy chronicled the surprise sale in a video posted to his website noting, “Yesterday I set up a stall in the park selling 100% authentic original signed Banksy canvases. For $60 each.” Two of the canvasses sold at a July 2014 auction for $214,000. Source: Wikipedia.

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