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.
Donald Trump’s visit to Bethlehem was announced on Banksy’s Instagram account on 24 May 2017. The picture of the presidential suite and the video clip of the Trump motorcade were removed a week later.
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.
Banksy Brexit mural in Dover. 7 May 2017
Detail of Banksy Brexit mural in Dover. 7 May 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 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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Sequence from October 1 to 31:
Grim Reaper at Better Out in New York