Posts Tagged ‘Banksy’
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...
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
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...
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...
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:Read More
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
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."
THE LONDONIST is reporting that these photos it posted in recent days are of none other than the art world's most wanted man himself, BANKSY, live in action painting his most recent creation on a wall in Bethnal Green in East London last week. Is it our boy, or just a hapless helper? Only time (and snitches) will tell...
As we reported earlier in the week (See text below), London's dominant nuevo riche street artist BANKSY was the star attraction at venerated auction house BONHAM's contemporary art sale this week. As expected, the bidding met or far exceeded the broker's conservative estimates, and a look at the list of works below reveals their redlined sale prices (keep in mind that many of these works were originally purchased for $500—$,1000, and are single color spray stencils that took no longer than 5 minutes to create). Have a look, and for current Banksy owners, start contemplating that secondary market flip that'll put an extra wing on your crib: Read More