HOLLYWOOD///STREET LIFE///MORE NEW BANKSY FOUND IN LA…

February 15, 2008  |  Banksy, Graffiti, LA, News, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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It seems like SIR BANKSY has been a very busy boy in the City of Angels the past few weeks. Are they real? You decide...

UPDATE: They're real...

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ART & COMMERCE///DAMIEN HIRST x BANKSY PAINTING FETCHES $1.8 MIL…

February 14, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Banksy, Damien Hirst, Graffiti, News, NYC, Openings, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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Banksy parts Damien Hirst's curtains...

Well, the results from today's Valentine's Day (AUCTION) RED at SOTHEBY'S NYC are in and from the look of things on the auction block, you'd never guess we're in the middle of a full-blown recession. The charity event's buzz piece, a collaborative painting between British bad boys DAMIEN HIRST and BANKSY titled "Keep it Spotless" with is actually a reworking by Banksy of an existing Hirst piece fetched an impressive $1,870,000 USD, far exceeding its estimated price of $250,000—$350,000. The real winner of the evening, however, was Hirst, whose prices skyrocketed through the auction with his most expensive work, the massive stainless steel pill case titled "Where There's a Will There's a Way" going for an astounding $7,150,000 USD. We're guessing the fact that all purchases were tax-deductible went a long way to opening bidder's wallets. Luckily, it's all for a good cause. In total, the auction raised $42m for Aids relief & research...


Bad fashion twins Bono & Hirst tour the exhibit (gotta love Damien's guido diamond skull leather jacket)...

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LA///STREET LIFE///BANKSY STRIKES AGAIN???…

February 8, 2008  |  Banksy, Graffiti, LA, News, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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Grabbin a bite on the street...

Looks like the British Bomber, aka: "Moneybags," aka: "Rob Banks," aka: BANKSY might have just paid a trip to LA as three new bombs that look a hell of a lot like his handiwork have popped up in the past couple weeks on Melrose and Beverly. Is it the real deal? You decide. In the meantime, get your chisels out and start hacking that shit off so you can flip it at the next big art auction and retire...

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Street philosophizing on Banksy's usual spot on Melrose...

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Cave creepin on Beverly...

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LONDON///$$$///BANKSY ON THE AUCTION BLOCK…

February 7, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Banksy, Graffiti, London, News, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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"Wot eew lookin at?"...

We may be balls deep in a foreclosure crisis and the beginning of a big, old-fashioned recession, but you'd never know it from the results of Sotheby's first (and frighteningly titled) "Urban Art Auction" that took place this week. British Bad Boy BANKSY made up the bulk of the sale's offerings, that also included work from FAILE, BLEK LE RAT, KEITH HARING, ADAM NEATE, SPACE INVADER, ANTHONY MICALLEF, and Japanese Pop artists AYA TAKANO, CHIHO AOSHIMA, and TAKASHI MURAKAMI. We're not sure Takashi Murakami appreciates being classified as an "urban artist" but then again, we're not sure Sotheby's cares. Nonetheless, as predicted, Mr Banks stole the show with his top piece fetching a jaw-dropping $443,489 USD (these ARE just spray painted stencils, mind you). With the Pound Sterling, well, "sound as a Pound," it doesn't seem like this overheated street art scene is going to die down anytime soon (even a Space Invader piece sold for $32,678 USD in the auction). Our advice to old-fashioned painters spending hundreds of hours hunched over their easels? Adopt a nom de guerre, cut yourself some stencils, rack some paint, and cash in NOW! "Ever get the feeling you've been cheet'ed?" HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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LONDON///ART & COMMERCE///BANKSY SELLS OUT—ON eBAY!…

January 14, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Banksy, Graffiti, London, News, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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It was bound to happen and now it has. The owner of a building in London's Notting Hill neighborhood where SIR BANKSY put up one of his recent bombs late last year has sold the mural on eBay for a record $407,000 USD. The catch? The painting is STILL on the wall and the lucky winner must now pay to have it removed and relocated. We can only imagine that this is the wave of the future as incredibly lucky "recipients" of Banksy pieces realize that auctioning the walls of their offices and homes can raise enough cash to pay off the buildings they adorn. No word at press time as to whether an armed guard stands watch over the piece pending its removal...

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BETHLEHEM///STREET LIFE///BANKSY RUBBED OUT & BORN AGAIN…

December 23, 2007  |  Banksy, News, Street Life  |  Comments Off

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Violators will be towed...

Tis the season to give thanx, or in BANKSY's case, tanks (sorry, we know, we know). After several pieces by the UK's most wanted bomber in and around the Palestinian separation wall got rubbed out, Mr Mysterious posted a few new parking notices around town...

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TRAVELOGUE///KELSEY BROOKES IN PALESTINE…

December 18, 2007  |  art, Banksy, Feature, Worldwide  |  Comments Off

kbb-41.jpg Somewhere in-between his many world tours, artist & surfer KELSEY BROOKES somehow finds time to make art. He's just returned from a weeklong trip to Bethlehem to participate in the annual SANTA'S GHETTO charity art auction and he brought us this report:

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BETHLEHEM///ART CRIMES///SWOON & RON ENGLISH IN SANTA’S GHETTO…

December 17, 2007  |  Banksy, Street Life, Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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As we previously reported, some of the world's preeminent street artists are currently doing tours of duty in the holy land of Bethlehem, decorating the separation wall in the war-torn region of Palestine as part of this year's SANTA'S GHETTO art auction also being held in the city. Supertouch blogger RON ENGLISH and SWOON just finished up a weeklong session and lived to tell the tale. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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BETHLEHEM///BANKSY DOES CHRISTMAS…

December 4, 2007  |  Art Crimes, Banksy, Street Life  |  Comments Off

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A rat is smelled in Palestine...

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

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LONDON///CONSERVING BANKSY…

November 11, 2007  |  art, Art Crimes, Banksy, Graffiti, London, News, Street Art, WTF???  |  Comments Off

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Banksy's revenge: City workers maintain his bombs...

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."

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A couple more strokes and "Banksy is shite" all but disappears...

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The old man, nearly good as new. Banksy 10,000, world, naught...

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Don't even think about calling, your neighbours will kill and your children...

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