Posts Tagged ‘Banksy’

LONDON///STREET LIFE///INSIDE THE CANS FESTIVAL…

May 3, 2008  |  art, Art Crimes, Banksy, Graffiti, Hype 2.0, London, News, Street Art, Street Life  |  Comments Off

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The event's hostess will be happy to make you more comfortable...

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

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LONDON///STREET LIFE///FIRST LOOK AT BANKSY IN THE CANS FESTIVAL…

May 3, 2008  |  art, Art Stunts, Banksy, Graffiti, Hype 2.0, Laugh Trak, London, News, RIP, Street Art, Street Life, WTF???  |  Comments Off

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Banksy's very legal contribution to the Cans Festival...

In case you've been living under a rock, London is playing host to the CANS FESTIVAL this weekend, a huge show of stencil art with over 40 international street & graffiti artists participating, including movement figurehead and onetime rebel BANKSY, who masterminded the entire affair. These photos represent the first look at his work in the show. Located in an unused Eurostar terminal at Waterloo on the capital's South Bank, the very legal festival intends to showcase one of London's most popular tourist attractions in a safe, controlled setting. We're not exactly sure why it's called the "Cans Festival" instead of the more obvious "Stencil Festival," but we are surprised Sir Banksy himself is taking center stage in the show. The gangster move would have certainly been for Banksy to shun participation in the festival while dropping an illegal bomb of massive proportions elsewhere in the city as a movement-leading show of force. Who knows, it's a long holiday weekend in Fogtown, perhaps our man's got something up his sleeve yet. Meantime, here's what Banksy had to say about organizing the show: "Graffiti doesn't always spoil buildings, in fact it's the only way to improve a lot of them. In a few hours with a couple of hundred cans of paint, I'm hoping we can transform a dark, dirty, neglected hellhole into an oasis of beautiful art. I've always felt anyone with a paint can should have as much say in how our cities look as architects and ad men, so getting to cover an entire street with graffiti is a dream come true, or as some people might call it, a complete and utter nightmare." The show is being sponsored & organized by PICTURES ON WALLS, an East End printmaker that produces limited-edition screenprints by Banksy and Faile, among others. Tonite marks the VIP first-look debut of the show with A-listers like Kevin Spacey strolling through the tunnel, cocktails in hand, admiring the Street Art in spacious privacy before the sweaty masses are admitted on Saturday with an expected 75,000+ fans expected to descend on the show. Stay tuned for more updates throughout the weekend...

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Tagline: "What a lot of rubbish"

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NYC///STREET LIFE///BANKSY GETS RUBBED OUT…

May 1, 2008  |  art, Art Crimes, Banksy, Graffiti, News, NYC, Street Art, Street Life  |  Comments Off

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Bo Peep gets a refund...

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...

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Some decisions...

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... last a lifetime. That's his kid's college fund he's painting out.

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Next up... WK, you busy this week?...

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HONG KONG///”BANKSY ROBS HONG KONG” SELLS OUT…

April 24, 2008  |  art, Art Crimes, Banksy, Hong Kong, Hype 2.0, News, Street Life, Worldwide, WTF???  |  Comments Off

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The smell of sweat and money in Hong Kong...

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

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LONDON///STREET LIFE///BANKSY’S BIGGEST EVER…

April 16, 2008  |  art, Banksy, Cool Shit, London, News, Street Life  |  Comments Off

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Banksy's tribute to the watchers...

Somehow, against all odds, SIR BANKSY just keeps going bigger and never gets caught. His newest piece which debuted this week in London—a three-story parody on London's closed caption TV network that constantly surveys the city's residents as they go about their daily lives—was erected ADJACENT to one of the cameras in question, and still he roams free...

From the DAILY MAIL:
"Banksy pulled off an audacious stunt to produce what is believed to be his biggest work yet in central London. The secretive graffiti artist managed to erect three storeys of scaffolding behind a security fence despite being watched by a CCTV camera. Then, during darkness and hidden behind a sheet of polythene, he painted this comment on 'Big Brother' society. (read more)"

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Note real CCTV unit (highlighted in red) adjacent to Banksy's mural. Insane...

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LONDON MASSIVE///FRESH BANKSY…

April 12, 2008  |  Banksy, London, News, Street Life  |  Comments Off

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By land...

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And by sea...

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LA///BLEK LE RAT OPENS SHEPARD FAIREY’S NEW SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS GALLERY…

April 7, 2008  |  art, LA, Openings, Origins of Style, Shepard Fairey  |  Comments Off

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Shepard Fairey and OG SoCal culture legend CR STECYK III...

French street art provocateur BLEK LE RAT inaugurated modern street art messiah SHEPARD FAIREY's newly relocated (and visually stunning) SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS gallery in Echo Park this weekend with his first American solo show, "Art is not Peace but War." A groundbreaking graffiti writer in the 1980s & 90s, Blek is best known as one of the earliest pioneers of stencil art and his simple monochromatic iconography heavily influenced the street artists from the Bristol scene, most notable of which is the current art star du jour and cash register tickler, Sir Banksy, who adopted not only Blek's stylistic M.O., but his rat mascot as well. Looking at Blek's simple, understated imagery, which remains largely unchanged since his early days on the walls of Paris, it's not hard to see the immediate appeal of the stencil as a graphic tool for street bombing situations and Banksy's adoption of the once rarified method exploded its popularity within a matter of years spawning a legion of young imitators and monied collectors. With pieces selling briskly at prices ranging from $9,000–$40,000 for original spraypaint on canvas works and a queue of young punters, hipsters, and would-be street art stars wrapping around the block for the better part of the opening nite, it's clear that the medium's appeal shows no signs of waning. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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LONDON///SIGN OF THE TIMES///NEW BANKSY GETS PLASTIC COVERING BY OWNER…

March 11, 2008  |  art, Art Crimes, Banksy, Graffiti, London, News, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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Let your freak flag fly behind protective glass...

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...

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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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