That elusive street art urchin (and we mean that in the nicest possible way), Banksy, has struck again in London, with a new artwork mysteriously appearing on the wall of a shop on Whymark Avenue, Turnpike Lane. As is to be expected, the street art sends a subtle social message, though so subtle in this case that Banksy-philes are torn over whether it is criticising the upcoming Olympics, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee or last summer’s riots.
The contemporary and elegant Blackman, in Melbourne, is the newest hotel in the Art Series Group. As is the theme of the Art Series, the hotel celebrates one of Australia’s most influential artists: Charles Blackman. Having visited The Cullen six months prior, I was taken by the way an artist’s work can so significantly change the feel of a room.
Is it just a coincidence that Banksy’s latest piece, a stencilled Origami Stork beside a river, was posted some nine months after his nine months Sperm Alarm piece in central London (see below)? Perhaps a mini-Banksy is about to arrive.
Welsh four piece Islet’s new video off of their latest album, Illuminated People, reminds me of some kind of neon knick-knack episode of Antiques Roadshow. The video is a mish-mash of animation techniques and tricks including (one of my personal favourites) strata-cut. Groovy!
I love this series of honest ads by writer Chelsea Fagan and art director Matt Stevenson, which encapsulate in a few short words what consumers think every time we feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of ad messaging in our lives. Something that Banksy, of course, would no doubt agree with.
Fancy a Banksy original and weren’t able to steal one off a wall? Well, fortunately for you, 17 Banksy artworks are on going on the market later this month courtesy of auctioneers Bonhams. Prices will range between £2,500 to £80,000, with the highest price expected for his piece Leopard and Barcode, which the UK’s Telegraph [...]
Dammit, Banksy is a legend. Not content with smuggling his work into international galleries, satirising the snooty nosed high-end art world, and making searing commentary on big ticket talking points, the British street artist has now weighed into advertising with a damning critique of how the industry makes itself more powerful by making the rest of us feel completely inadequate. To read his full manifesto, click the More link. It’s very insightful, brilliant material.
Following in the well worn footsteps of Banksy, Guerrilla gardener Steve Wheen brightens up the otherwise dull surrounds of inner-city London with colourful floral displays and lively model sets that fill in the gaps in the roads and pavements and add some intrigue to pedestrians’ daily commute.
The legendary 2005 exploits of Banksy have inspired a young unknown (until now) Polish artist, Andrzej Sobiepan, to smuggle his own work onto the walls of the National Museum in Poland. The work was on display for three days before anyone noticed. Of the stunt, Sobiepan said: ‘I decided that I will not wait 30 [...]
Banksy has struck again, this time offending the Catholic Church with a bold artwork that critiques their stance on ongoing child abuse scandals. Banksy has taken a replica of a bust of an eighteenth century member of the Catholic hierarchy and added multi-coloured tiles to the face — pixelating it — as a comment on what he considers to be the Church’s cover-up. ‘I’m never sure who deserves to be put on a pedestal or crushed under one’, Banksy noted. And who are we to disagree?
We’ve all heard the story of how Banksy smuggled one of his own artworks into the MOMA. Now Melbourne’s Cullen Hotel is reversing the challenge, inviting guests to try and steal a signed Banksy original off their walls. Yup, ‘Stay the Night, Steal The Art’. If you succeed without getting caught, it’s yours to keep ($15,000 value). But if you get nabbed, it goes back on the wall for the next guest to have a crack. The hotel recommends against using ‘an angle grinder, but you will need plenty of guile and cunning’. Indeed!
If you’re familiar with the work of Banksy and Mr. Brainwash, the title to this film probably sounds faimiliar to you. Banksy’s Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill was a pop-up shop that appeared in New York’s West Village, back in 2008.
He’s laid low for a few weeks, but he may be back. And with a vengeance. This clever artwork sits on Bruton Lane in London and is an apparent critique on the rampant materialism of our time. Is it Banksy? We may never really know. But it’s damn fun all the same.
The mysterious and elusive Banksy has struck again: this time lending his wit and talents to the Occupy London Movement with this clever representation of a Monopoly board with Uncle Pennybags begging for a dollar. It’s on display at St. Paul’s Cathedral if you want to take a gander.