Posts Tagged ‘Banksy’
Given the ephemeral nature of street art, we'll be pausing to remember some of the art form's greatest hits from time to time here on ST, starting off with this epic piece from 2011 in Sofia, Bulgaria. Fed up with the plethora of Stalin-era Soviet sculptures dotting the Read More
Despite their longstanding (and highly entertaining) graffiti feud, Banksy has paid public tribute to his fallen artistic adversary King Robbo, who died this summer by altering one of his own existing protected murals in London to read "His Royal Highness King Robbo." Read More
The best and worst part about street art is that it's temporary. Its the ephemeral nature of the medium that gives it a sense of immediacy but makes the movement incredibly difficult to archive—until now. In an effort to document the global street art phenomenon, the Google Cultural Institute has just launched The Street Art Project, a rapidly expanding Read More
It's been years since Banksy's last proper official gallery show, but last week his first retrospective opened to the public in London. Held by auction house Sotheby's at their upstart S|2 retail gallery, the show, appropriately titled Banksy: The Unauthorized Retrospective was executed Read More
UK street art godfather & international man of mystery Banksy broke his dormant streak over the weekend with new pieces in Cheltenham, England. Technology is the target of both hits with the first depicting a crew of spies listening in on conversations in a dilapidated old phone booth within a few few miles from a known government listening post, while the second features embracing lovers distracted by Read More
The #WithSyria campaign will launch in thirty five countries fronted by Banksy's newly-updated "Girl with the Red Balloon" artwork as we approach the anniversary of the Syria conflict on the 15th of March, amassing an unprecedented popular movement in solidarity with those caught in the conflict. A collective appeal will be launched by global organisations and key individuals calling on political leaders to sign up to a pledge to do everything they can to make this the last anniversary marked by Read More
Currently on display at London's Lazarides Gallery is a fantastic show of new work by Supertouch buddy Todd James (aka: REAS), the central theme of which is the continuation of his beautiful and funny "Somali Pirates" series. Read More
You KNOW graffiti is beyond overground when the WALL STREET JOURNAL is actually REPORTING on battles:
A GAME OF TAG BREAKS OUT BETWEEN LONDON'S GRAFFITI ELITE
Slight Brings Robbo Out of Retirement; Cobbler Won't Let Rival Tread on Him
By Gabrielle Steinhauser | Wall Street Journal, March 3, 2010
LONDON—In the predawn hours of Christmas morning, a 40-year-old shoe repairman who goes by the name Robbo squeezed his 6-foot-8-inch frame into a wet suit, tossed some spray cans into a plastic bag, and crossed Regent's Canal on a red-and-blue air mattress. Read More
BANKSY IN "THE WORLD’S FIRST STREET-ART DISASTER MOVIE"
By Elanor Mills | SUNDAY TIMES, February 28, 2010
He’s the most successful graffitist ever, the elusive outsider who has become our unlikeliest national treasure. Now we are about to glimpse him in ‘the world’s first street-art disaster movie’
Whether it is snogging policemen, a House of Commons full of chimpanzees, Princess Diana on a £10 note, or I Don’t Believe in Global Warming half-submerged in a canal, a Banksy makes you smile, but it also forces you to take a second look, to think a little deeper.
It’s funny how this anonymous graffiti artist evokes such strong affection in people, particularly those who don’t usually reckon that art has much to say to them.
“Banksy, love ’im,” says a mate who wouldn’t be seen dead at Tate Modern. Another friend, who met him at a crusty travellers’ party in Bristol, says: “He’s very quiet, sweet though, very Bristol, scruffy and funny, but you’d never know if you didn’t know, if you know what I mean.”
So why does everyone have a favourite Banksy? Perhaps because he catches us unawares, shows us a clever take on our culture from a topsy-turvy angle on a scruffy bit of wall, or bridge, or hoarding we’ve looked at a million times but never noticed before.
My commute takes me through Shoreditch and Hoxton in east London, and I’ve learnt where to look for them. Recently he has been painting in Camden Town, north London, where he has had a running spat with a fellow graffiti artist called Robbo. On a freezing day I went down to have a peek. Past the lock, along a grotty towpath in the snow, under a most insalubrious bridge, and there on a bit of concrete on the far side of the muddy canal is a stencil of a workman painting a wall. The workman was added by Banksy to the original Robbo tag. Since then, a vengeful Robbo has revisited the work to daub “King Robbo” in giant silver letters over it.
Back towards Regent’s Park there is a charming stencil of a little boy fishing in the canal, which now bears the aggressive slogan “Did you think it was over? Team Robbo”, and the words “street cred” where the fish should be, implying that Banksy has lost his. Click HERE to continue reading at the SUNDAY TIMES…