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.
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.
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.
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.
Banksy’s back with a new documentary project, this time a cheeky look at the recent history of public pranks, and a play on the popular (read: dull) TV series, The Antiques Roadshow. The program screened last Saturday on Channel 4 in the UK. Watch on and be awed.
He’s a mysterious fella is Banksy. But some of the mystery has been stripped away with the launch of a new app called Banksy Locations, which acts as a field guide to tracking down the legendary artist’s finest wall work. Yup, $1.99 will bring us all closer to culturally hip.
Being an Urban Quilter, I love all things alternacraft, especially when they mix in street art. So I was stoked to see some of Banksy’s images re-imagined as cross-stitch patterns. Princess Animal is San Francisco’s answer to urban knitters and crafters, and sells the Banksy kits.