Belgian artist BENJAMIN VERDONCK has taken the usually verboten medium of performance art to new heights of greatness with his new NEST installation titled “The Great Swallow” in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Perched 50 meters above the city square on the side of the 13th floor of the Wenna Tower (aka: “The Pepperbox”), Verdonck’s windy new home is, according the artist, constructed of “the crowns of 23 silver birches, two straw bales, one bucket of spit, three bags of sand, twelve buckets of glue, and nineteen cans of polyurethane foam.” Residing in the perch since its construction a week ago, the artist has seen a lot of debris float down to his numerous fans at street level including feathers, a giant egg, and copious amounts of bird shit. No word yet on how long the installation will remain or what the artist’s final stunt will be, but we’re guessing it could quite easily include a caravan of ambulances. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
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Proving that graffiti is beyond an above ground phenomenon these days, CNN has filmed a short piece on KRINK founder CRAIG COSTELLO (aka: KR) and the burgeoning brand he's created with his iconic drippy metallic ink. Click HERE to watch (come on, CNN, where's that embed code?)...
Opening to the public today, London's CANS FESTIVAL saw a massive queue of thousands of fans vying for a closer look at English Street Art mastermind BANKSY's latest offerings. Of course, over 40 other artists from around the world participated in the stencil art-only jam inside an unused Eurostar terminal at Waterloo on the capital’s South Bank including Ron English, Blek Le Rat, Bsas Stencil, Run Don't Walk, James Dodd (dlux), Tom Civil (civilian), Vexta, Prism, Daniel Melim, Altocontraste, Bandit, Roadsworth, 3D Del Naja, Artiste-Ouvrier, Sten, Sadhu, C215, Lucamaleonte, Lex, Orticancvoodles, Kaagman, Dolk, Pobel, M-City, Vhils, Btoy, Coolture, Schhh, Borbo, Sam3, Faile, Eine, John Grider, Logan Hicks, Pure Evil, and Dot Masters. The general public is invited to participate as well, and any punter showing up with a stencil and some paint will be allowed to leave their mark within the festival's legal boundaries. HAVE A LOOK (OVER 150 PHOTOS!): Read More
Yeah, yeah, more BANKSY news, but how often is it that you hear about one of his street hits getting buffed? At a point when lucky recipients of Banksy bombs are selling chunks of their walls and starting retirement funds it's nice to see one go the way of the dinosaur. And that's exactly what happened in NYC this month when a disgruntled shop owner wiped his store's slate clean...
Alphabet soup fanatic EINE gets a couple fresh legs up on the walls of London..
We're not going to devote a lot of time and space to the unauthorized second-hand sale of consigned works that is the current "BANKSY ROBS HONG KONG" show presented by FABRIK CONTEMPORARY ART at the HONG KONG ARTS CENTER that opened last nite, but for the curious, here's a look at what Banksy's first organized foray into the Asian market looks like. Since the artist and his camp had no part in the exhibition, no new works were presented and the show consists mainly of pre-owned prints and other limited-edition serigraphs with few original pieces of art on display. Of particular interest, however, were some never-before-seen chunks of the warehouse installation Banksy painted for the afterparty of his 2002 "Existencilism" show at the 33 1/3 Gallery in LA that were later removed and preserved by an astute private collector. As of this writing, all works in the show had been spoken for and prices were as insane as any other Banksy sale, with some works reaching the $500,000 mark. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
In a true sign of the times, lucky BANKSY owners in London have taken to protecting their newfound gifts against vandalism as evidenced by the owner of this Savemain Pharmacy on Essex Road, Islington, who immediately bolted protective plexiglass plates over his freshly-installed nest egg this month. For those left scratching their heads over the meaning of Sir Banks' latest stencil, Tesco is a large chain store, sort of the UK equivalent of Wal-Mart that, like its American cousin is putting a boot to the necks of local mom & pop shops everywhere. We can only pray that "The Splasher" has a cousin in London readying his buckets of paint, wheatpaste manifestos, and cutting torch as we type this...
Brooklyn-based SAVED TATTOO overlord SCOTT CAMPBELL unleashed his demonic stylings on the unsuspecting art world of Milan when his Satan-friendly paintings debuted as part of the "Occult" group show at MASSIMO CARASI GALLERY tonite. Featuring new work by seven godless heathens and Supertouch favorites including Michael Bevilacqua, Wendell Gladstone, Filippo La Vacara, Jeremiah Maddock, Bruce Richards, and Dan Trocchio the exhibit went a long way in proving that the devil's in the details. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
In celebration of the holiday season, British provocateur-at-large, SIR BANKSY has added his touch to the security wall separating Jerusalem & Palestine as part of this year's annual pop-up SANTA'S GHETTO art shop which is set to open soon in the holiday motherland of Bethlehem as one of the most poignant shows of the year with incredibly high-quality work to spare. Featuring new works for sale by "street artists" BANKSY, SWOON, RON ENGLIGH, AIKO, BAST, LUCY MAC, KELSEY BROOKS, PAUL INSECT, GEE VAUCHER, ANTHONY MICALLEF, JONATHAN YEO, CONOR HARRINGTON, BLU, ERIC THE DOG, and 3D, among others, the show will benefit local needy children with 100% of profits being distributed to local non-governmental run, non-denominational charities. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Nary a week creeps by without some news regarding our favorite art outlaw turned high art demigod, BANKSY, but this week's notice in the EVENING STANDARD that the London district of Islington has given Banksy's street works official protection was trumped only by the revelation that Islington's city workers were now being trained as art conservators (using taxpayers' funds) so that they are able to touch up and otherwise mend Banksy's street installations that get defaced by other taggers:
COUNCIL ADDS ITS OWN TOUCH TO A BANKSY
By Jack Lefley, Evening Standard
Works by maverick street artist Banksy are being restored by council workers to protect them from graffiti vandals. One piece in Islington has been repaired five times by workmen who paint over the offending "tags". A worker was spotted retouching the artist's "Tate Gallery" piece in Martineau Road, near Arsenal's Emirates Stadium.
Banksy's work sells for six-figure sums to Hollywood stars such as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. But some of his pieces that appear in public places without permission have been condemned as vandalism. Tower Hamlets council has threatened to remove any work by the artist that appears on its patch without permission.
But it seems that Islington makes a clear distinction between his creations and that of the graffiti vandals " tagging" over his work. One onlooker thought the workmen were about to remove the piece in Islington on Monday afternoon and stopped to remonstrate with them. Vicky Bamforth, 40, of Hackney, said: "I was driving past and got out because I thought they were about to try to get rid of it. I asked them what they were doing and they were very cagey. But eventually they admitted that it kept getting vandalised and they were repairing it."
She added: "A lot of people in the area really like Banksy's work and it's a bit worrying the council thinks anyone with a paintbrush is qualified to restore pieces worth thousands. "At what point does it stop being a Banksy and start being a collaboration with Islington council?"
Islington today defended its policy to clean up and repair the artist's work. It insisted it was spending taxpayers' money on the operation in response to residents' demands. Deputy leader and executive member for environment, Lucy Watt, said: "We take a very hard line on graffiti and remove it within 24 hours when it is reported to us. However, residents have been telling us Banksy is in a class of his own, his art sells for thousands, and they don't want us to remove the work. Because of the quality and renown of Banksy's work in Islington many people want to see it preserved."