Banksy Banksy
English graffiti artist, political activist and painter, whose identity is unconfirmed
Banksy Banksy
Banksy is a pseudonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter. His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine irreverent dark humour with graffiti done in a distinctive stencilling technique. Such artistic works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world. Banksy's work was born of the Bristol underground scene which involved collaborations between artists and musicians.
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Is Bristol the new London?
Huffington Post - 10 days
Situated on the River Avon in the South West of the UK, many people may not have thought to, or even have heard of the city of Bristol. London, but of course. Manchester, yes. Liverpool, quite possibly (who doesn't know that The Beatles hail from there?). But Bristol? Why's this city, with a population of roughly 429,000, a recommended place to visit? Could it possibly be the 'new London'? London is an obvious destination for tourists to flock to when they visit the UK. It's got everything: Museums, Gastronomy, History, Culture, Class, Theatre and oh, those Victorian and Georgian buildings! Well, Bristol pretty much offers the same, on a smaller scale. Located by the water The city has a relaxed, laid back vibe along the waterfront with the old warehouses converted into restaurants, gastro pubs and the old cranes from the docks all lit up at night, it's quite special. Let's not forget CARGO, the new area opened up which houses old containers converted into eateries. An ...
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John Early And Kate Berlant Are The Comedic Duo America Needs Right Now
Huffington Post - 18 days
In times of political and social turmoil, the role of artists and entertainers in our society becomes clear. Creatives can distract us from reality and help us process collective trauma and grief through a comedic lens. Cue John Early and Kate Berlant, two young, emerging comedic talents ― and best friends ― who have won over the hearts of audiences throughout their partnership of many years. The pair made a large foray into mainstream comedy in 2016 through their individual episodes of Netflix’s “The Characters,” a series that brought together eight emerging comedians and gave them each 30-minute slots to showcase a broad range of their own characters. Now, Early and Berlant are involved in a new project: a Vimeo six-part anthology series “555” directed by Andrew DeYoung that showcases their range of talents through a more absurdist, unorthodox perspective than we’ve seen in the past. Made up of 12-minute shorts, the project comes off as a darkly comedic critique of differe ...
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Review: ‘Saving Banksy’ Affirms Graffiti’s Populist Values
NYTimes - about 1 month
This documentary honors the street-based work of the British artist known as Banksy, and implicitly criticizes those who would try to turn profits from it.
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This Man Is Writing Ridiculously Hilarious Gay Porn About 'Domald Tromp'
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Author Chuck Tingle is at it again with his hilarious gay erotica that regularly makes light of the current social and political climate. Tingle previously made waves with works like Pounded By The Gay Color-Changing Dress in response to #TheDress that broke the internet and Pounded By The Pound: Turned Gay By The Socioeconomic Implications of Britain Leaving The European Union in the aftermath of Brexit. For his latest book, Tingle features a character that might seem more than vaguely familiar. Behold: Domald Tromp Pounded In The Butt By The Handsome Russian T-Rex Who Also Peed On His Butt And Then Blackmailed Him With The Videos Of His Butt Getting Peed On. In an email using highly unorthodox language and grammar, Tingle, who is 45 years old and lives in Billings, Montana, told The Huffington Post: “It is important to remember [the book] is about DOMALD TROMP... This is a notorious real estate man from a timeline very close to this one but he is a different scoundrel.” ...
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Fighting Child Sex Trafficking in India, Award-Winning Movie <em>SOLD</em> Goes Digital
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Film is incredibly democratic and accessible, it's probably the best option if you actually want to change the world, not just re-decorate it. - Banksy Giving voice to the millions of children who are sold into sex slavery, in India and beyond, this film adaptation of Patricia McCormick's haunting novel SOLD launches its digital release on January 10, 2017, after copping numerous awards on the film festival circuit. It is available for download on a variety of platforms (see below) in a wide-ranging, grassroots effort to fund the 'Taught Not Trafficked' campaign - one of the latest initiatives to combat what experts estimate is now a $150 billion criminal industry. 'Taught Not Trafficked' builds classrooms for children in Nepal, and provides safe housing, healing programs and vocational training for survivors of trafficking. Drenched in the vivid colors of its shooting locations, SOLD is anchored by powerful performances by 13-year-old newcomer Niyar Sakia as a ...
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These 15 Street Art Murals Will Make You Want To Visit Upfest 2017
Huffington Post - 3 months
A new book documents the colorful history of Europe’s largest live street art festival. Upfest II chronicles the last four years of the “Upfest” event, which started as a small gathering in the Bedminster neighborhood of Bristol in southwest England in 2008. It’s since mushroomed into a focal point for graffiti artists around the world, with this year’s edition over three days in July attracting 300 painters from 40+ countries who each painted on shutters, boards and buildings across the area. Festival organizers estimate that 1,600 artists have taken part since the event’s inception in Banksy’s home city. Upfest will return again in 2017 from July 29 to 31.   The book (cover above) showcases 200 of those works of art, with the majority of the photographs taken by visitors and selected via a competition. A selection of them are below: Upfest II is available to buy via the Upfest website here. And see how 2016’s event went down here: type=type=R ...
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Exposing Politics And Scholarship At 'Open Walls Conference 2016' Barcelona
Huffington Post - 3 months
Screenings, workshops, and talks -- and murals of course. Sixe Paredes. Open Walls Conference 2016. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Fernando Alcalá) These are the markings of at least some of the increasingly serious Street Art/Urban Art festivals that have emerged in the last few years thanks to calls for genuine scholarship and the creation of academic frameworks to help us understand something that began as a grassroots form of expression in the mid and late 20th Century. Muretz. Open Walls Conference 2016. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Fernando Alcalá) Open Walls Conference in Barcelona this year featured new public artworks by Dumar NovYork, Fasim, Muretz, Roc Blackblock, Sam3, Sheone, Sixe Paredes, and Syrup; a relatively small roster of artists compared to larger commercial festivals - and one that is heavily weighted toward local talents. Sixe Paredes. Open Walls Conference 2016. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Fernando Alcalá) But as an artist, researcher and educa ...
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Man Who Lied About Being Banksy Says He Helped Elect Trump
Huffington Post - 3 months
The Washington Post published an interview on Thursday with Paul Horner, a 38-year-old whose life’s work is creating and spreading viral hoaxes. Most recently, Horner is reportedly responsible for many of the controversial fake news articles that served as the main course for many Trump voters’ media diets ― stories about Clinton supporters being paid to protest at Trump rallies and Obama banning the national anthem at sporting events nationwide. Stories like these, many are claiming, helped Trump to his unexpected presidential victory. “Honestly, people are definitely dumber,” he told The Washington Post. “They just keep passing stuff around. Nobody fact-checks anything anymore — I mean, that’s how Trump got elected. He just said whatever he wanted, and people believed everything, and when the things he said turned out not to be true, people didn’t care because they’d already accepted it. It’s real scary.” The name Paul Horner might already be familiar to art world regul ...
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The exhibition Banksy doesn't want you to see
CNN - 4 months
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First Nighter: Shakespeare's "Cymbeline" Screened In Melly Still's Fiery RSC Production
Huffington Post - 4 months
Perhaps Melly Still's remarkable Royal Shakespeare Company production of Cymbeline, William Shakespeare's romance period play -- unfolding in ancient Britain and written between 1608 and 1610 -- will be pertinent to American audiences now for the juicy fact that at its end it's about divisiveness, reconciliation and redemption. This, at a stateside time when those prickly conditions are bloating the headlines. (Check rsc.org.uk and local listings for screening dates and times.) With its convoluted plot (about which more shortly), Cymbeline came from Shakespeare's often fevered quill during the fast developing Jacobean period. It also emerged when the playwright was in his mid-forties and apparently entering a much more contemplative phase, or passage. That's to say that although blood, sweat and tears -- to borrow Winston Churchill's words from a much later United Kingdom world situation -- are rubbed-in-the-face present, as Jacobean drama required, there is also at the play's ...
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Who Is Banksy? We Rank the 10 Most Plausible Theories
Huffington Post - 5 months
This article originally appeared on artnet News. Who is Banksy? The identity of the mysterious British street artist has been a closely guarded secret ever since the snarky stencilist emerged on the scene. Over the years several different people have attempted to “unmask” Banksy, an obsession that seems to have gripped the world. Only last week, a new sighting popped up in Australia. Theories surrounding his identity range from the plausible to the downright absurd. We enlisted curator and street art expert Carlo McCormick to rank 10 theories on Banksy’s identity based on their plausibility. “It is a curious obsession this need for people to identify Banksy,” McCormick told artnet News in an email. “But maybe it is an expression of their need to identify with him. This pursuit is however a wild goose chase, and a red herring, strictly amateur sport,” he said. “Banksy is a real person, perhaps not nearly as interesting as his myth but certainly not a myth,” he explained. M ...
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A Bizarre Trump Fortune-Telling Machine Keeps Popping Up Around New York City
Huffington Post - 5 months
Remember Zoltar? That primitive animatronic fortune telling machine you sometimes find at arcades? Well, a bizarre variation featuring Donald Trump is popping up around New York City. And since it features Trump, we’d have to say it’s even more primitive than Zoltar ever was. The “All-Seeing Trump” features a Trump mannequin spouting prerecorded predictions that are just as offensive and inaccurate as the ones made by Trump himself. Meet The All-Seeing Trump, the Zoltar of your nightmares who will be roving around NYC today pic.twitter.com/McgEHk17KN — Camille Dodero (@camilledodero) October 11, 2016 Take a gander at one prediction and see if you can tell the difference between this Donald and the one running for the nation’s highest office: “I see a huge investment into a high-speed rail system. Very advanced and very fast. And we’re going to use it to deport 11 million illegal Mexicans. “And, by the way, I love the Mexican people ...
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How The Turnip Prize Grew From A Joke Into A Global Contest
Huffington Post - 5 months
A new book chronicles the history of the spoof Turnip Prize, which is awarded annually for the world’s intentionally worst work of modern art. The parody of the better-known Turner Prize encourages entrants to “take the least amount of effort possible” in creating their pieces, which are then judged on how crappy they are. Trevor Prideaux launched the competition in Wedmore, southwest England, in 1999 as a humorous response to what he believed was the Turner Prize’s “decline in integrity.” “It was in protest to Tracey Emin entering her unmade bed into the Turner Prize,” he told The Huffington Post this week. “A few locals in the pub agreed we in Somerset could come up with equally shit art to challenge it.” What started as a tongue-in-cheek award for locals has expanded into a global competition, with dozens of artists from around the world now vying each year for the turnip-impaled trophy on a rusty 6-inch nail. Many enter under pseudonyms and their titles are usual ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Banksy
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  • 2016
    In August 2016, Scottish journalist Craig Williams published an investigative piece in which he connected the timing of Banksy's murals with the touring schedule of the trip hop band Massive Attack.
    More Details Hide Details Williams put forward the suggestion that Banksy's work could be the work of a collective, and that Banksy himself may be Massive Attack's frontman, Robert Del Naja. Del Naja had been a graffiti artist during the 1980s prior to forming the band and had previously been identified as a personal friend of Banksy. In addition to his artwork, Banksy has claimed responsibility for a number of high-profile artworks, including the following: Several artworks by Banksy were vandalised, painted over or destroyed. In 2008, in Melbourne, vandals had poured paint over a stencil of an old-fashioned diver wearing a trench coat. In April 2010, the Melbourne City Council reported that they had inadvertently ordered private contractors to paint over a rat descending in a parachute adorning the wall of an old council building behind the Forum Theatre. Many works that make up the Better Out Than In series in New York City have been defaced, some just hours after the piece was unveiled. At least one defacement was identified as done by a competing artist, OMAR NYC, who spray-painted over Banksy's red mylar balloon piece in Red Hook. OMAR NYC also defaced some of Banksy's work in May 2010.
    This suggestion was corroborated in 2016 by a study of the locations in which Banksy's art has been found, which found that the incidence of Banksy's works correlated with the known movements of Gunningham.
    More Details Hide Details There has also been speculation that Banksy is a woman, or that Banksy is a team of seven artists. In October 2014 an internet hoax circulated that Banksy had been arrested and his identity revealed.
  • 2015
    In December 2015, Banksy created several murals in the vicinity of Calais, France, including the so-called "Jungle" where migrants live as they attempt to enter the United Kingdom.
    More Details Hide Details His piece The Son of a Migrant from Syria depicts Steve Jobs as a migrant. Banksy's name and identity remain unknown - it has been stated that the reason for this secrecy is that graffiti is a crime. A commonly cited 2008 Mail on Sunday investigation of several former schoolmates and associates stated that he is believed to be Robin Gunningham, a former pupil at the public Bristol Cathedral School.
    Banksy opened Dismaland, a large scale group show lampooning Disneyland on 21 August 2015 and permanently closed on 27 September 2015.
    More Details Hide Details The "theme park" was located in Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom. According to the Dismaland website artists Damien Hirst and Jenny Holzer were represented in the show.
    In February 2015 Banksy published a 2-minute video titled "Make this the year YOU discover a new destination" about his trip to Gaza Strip.
    More Details Hide Details During his visit he has painted a few artworks including a kitten on the remains of a house destroyed by an Israeli air strike. ("I wanted to highlight the destruction in Gaza by posting photos on my website—but on the internet people only look at pictures of kittens") and a swing hanging off a watchtower. In a statement to the New York Times his publicist said, I don't want to take sides. But when you see entire suburban neighborhoods reduced to rubble with no hope of a future—what you're really looking at is a vast outdoor recruitment center for terrorists. And we should probably address this for all our sakes.
  • 2012
    In July, prior to the 2012 Olympic Games Banksy posted photographs of paintings with an Olympic theme on his website but did not disclose their location.
    More Details Hide Details On 18 February, BBC News reported that a recent Banksy mural, known as the Slave Labour mural portraying a young child sewing Union Flag bunting (created around the time of the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II) had been removed from the side of a Poundland store in Wood Green, north London, and soon appeared for sale in Fine Art Auctions Miami's catalogue (a US auction site based in Florida). News of this has reportedly caused "lots of anger" in the local community and is considered by some to be a theft. Fine Art Auctions Miami has rejected claims of theft, saying it had signed a contract with a "well-known collector" and that "everything was above board"; despite this, the local Councillor for Wood Green is campaigning for the work's return. On the scheduled day of the auction, Fine Art Auctions Miami announced that it had withdrawn the work of art from the sale.
  • 2011
    In May 2011 Banksy released a lithographic print which showed a smoking petrol bomb contained in a 'Tesco Value' bottle.
    More Details Hide Details This followed a long running campaign by locals against the opening of a Tesco Express supermarket in Banksy's home city of Bristol. Violent clashes had taken place between police and demonstrators in the Stokes Croft area. Banksy produced the poster ostensibly to raise money for local groups in the Stokes Croft area and to raise money for the legal defence of those arrested during the riots. The posters were sold exclusively at the Bristol Anarchists Bookfair in Stokes Croft for £5 each. In December, he unveiled Cardinal Sin at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. The bust, which replaces a priest's face with a "pixelated" effect, was a statement on the child abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. In May his Parachuting Rat, painted in Melbourne in the late 1990s, was accidentally destroyed by plumbers installing new pipes.
    In January 2011, Banksy published the original storyboard on its website.
    More Details Hide Details According to Banksy, the storyboard "led to delays, disputes over broadcast standards and a threatened walk out by the animation department." Executive director Al Jean jokingly said, "This is what you get when you outsource."
    In early March 2011, Banksy responded to the Oscars with an artwork in Weston-super-Mare, UK, of a little girl holding the Oscar and pouting.
    More Details Hide Details Many people think that it is in reference to 15-month-old Lara, who dropped and damaged her father's (The King's Speech co-producer Simon Egan) Oscar statue. Exit Through the Gift Shop was broadcast on British public television station Channel 4 on 13 August 2011.
    In late January 2011, Exit Through the Gift Shop was nominated for a 2010 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.
    More Details Hide Details Banksy released a statement about the nomination, where he said, "This is a big surprise... I don't agree with the concept of award ceremonies, but I'm prepared to make an exception for the ones I'm nominated for. The last time there was a naked man covered in gold paint in my house, it was me." Leading up to the Oscars, Banksy blanketed Los Angeles with street art. Many people speculated if Banksy would show up at the Oscars in disguise and make a surprise appearance if he won the Oscar. Exit Through the Gift Shop did not win the award, which went to Inside Job.
  • 2010
    Banksy was also credited with the opening couch gag for the 2010 The Simpsons episode "MoneyBart", depicting people working in deplorable conditions and using endangered or mythical animals to make both the episodes cel-by-cel and the merchandise connected with the program.
    More Details Hide Details His name appears several times throughout the episode's opening sequence, spray-painted on assorted walls and signs. Fox sanitised parts of the opening "for taste" and to make it less grim.
    In early May 2010, seven new Banksy works of art appeared in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, though most have been subsequently painted over or removed.
    More Details Hide Details In May, to coincide with the premiere of Exit Through the Gift Shop in Royal Oak, Banksy visited the Detroit area and left his mark in several places in Detroit and Warren. Shortly after, his work depicting a little boy holding a can of red paint next to the words "I remember when all this was trees" was excavated by the 555 Nonprofit Gallery and Studios. They claim that they do not intend to sell the work but plan to preserve it and display it at their Detroit gallery. There was also an attempted removal of one of the Warren works known as "Diamond Girl".
    Banksy's first film, Exit Through the Gift Shop, billed as "the world's first street art disaster movie", made its debut at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
    More Details Hide Details The film was released in the UK on 5 March 2010. In January 2011, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary for the film. In 2014, he was awarded Person of the Year at the 2014 Webby Awards. Banksy started as a freehand graffiti artist in 1990–1994 as one of Bristol's DryBreadZ Crew (DBZ), with two other artists known as Kato and Tes. He was inspired by local artists and his work was part of the larger Bristol underground scene with Nick Walker, Inkie and 3D. During this time he met Bristol photographer Steve Lazarides, who began selling Banksy's work, later becoming his agent. By 2000 he had turned to the art of stencilling after realising how much less time it took to complete a work. He claims he changed to stencilling while he was hiding from the police under a rubbish lorry, when he noticed the stencilled serial number and by employing this technique, he soon became more widely noticed for his art around Bristol and London. He played football with the Easton Cowboys and Cowgirls in the 1990s and toured with the club to Mexico in 2001. Banksy's first known large wall mural was The Mild Mild West painted in 1997 to cover advertising of a former solicitors' office on Stokes Croft in Bristol. It depicts a teddy bear lobbing a Molotov cocktail at three riot police. Banksy's stencils feature striking and humorous images occasionally combined with slogans.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    In December 2009, Banksy marked the end of the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference by painting four murals on global warming.
    More Details Hide Details One included the phrase, "I don't believe in global warming;" the words were submerged in water. A feud and graffiti war between Banksy and King Robbo broke out when Banksy allegedly painted over one of Robbo's tags. The feud has led to many of Banksy's works being altered by graffiti writers. The world premiere of the film Exit Through the Gift Shop occurred at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, on 24 January. He created 10 street artworks around Park City and Salt Lake City to tie in with the screening. In February, The Whitehouse public house in Liverpool, England, was sold for £114,000 at auction. The side of the building has an image of a giant rat by Banksy. In March 2010, the work "Forgive Us Our Trespassing" was displayed at the London Bridge in conjunction with Art Below an arts company that put on art shows on the London Underground. The work was censored by the Transport for London (TfL), forbidding display of the work with its halo, because of the prevalence of graffiti in the underground. It was displayed without the halo over the boy's head, but after a few days the halo was repainted by a graffitist, so the TfL disposed of the poster. This decline went through the press and several articles were published remarking on the progress of the poster.
    In September 2009, a Banksy work parodying the Royal Family was partially destroyed by Hackney Council after they served an enforcement notice for graffiti removal to the former address of the property owner.
    More Details Hide Details The mural had been commissioned for the 2003 Blur single "Crazy Beat" and the property owner, who had allowed it to be painted, was reported to have been in tears when she saw it was being painted over.
    On 13 June 2009, the Banksy vs Bristol Museum show opened at Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery, featuring more than 100 works of art, including animatronics and installations; it is his largest exhibition yet, featuring 78 new works.
    More Details Hide Details Reaction to the show was positive, with over 8,500 visitors to the show on the first weekend. Over the course of the twelve weeks, the exhibition was visited over 300,000 times.
    In May 2009, Banksy parted company with agent Steve Lazarides and announced that Pest Control, the handling service who act on his behalf, would be the only point of sale for new works.
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  • 2008
    In London, over the weekend 3–5 May 2008, Banksy hosted an exhibition called The Cans Festival.
    More Details Hide Details It was situated on Leake Street, a road tunnel formerly used by Eurostar underneath London Waterloo station. Graffiti artists with stencils were invited to join in and paint their own artwork, as long as it did not cover anyone else's. Banksy invited artists from around the world to exhibit their works.
    In December 2008, The Little Diver, a Banksy image of a diver in a duffle coat in Melbourne Australia was destroyed.
    More Details Hide Details The image had been protected by a sheet of clear perspex; however, silver paint was poured behind the protective sheet and later tagged with the words "Banksy woz ere". The image was almost completely obliterated.
    His first official exhibition in New York City, "The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill", opened 5 October 2008.
    More Details Hide Details The animatronic pets in the store window include a mother hen watching over her baby Chicken McNuggets as they peck at a barbecue sauce packet, and a rabbit putting makeup on in a mirror. The Westminster City Council stated in October 2008 that the work One Nation Under CCTV, painted in April 2008 would be painted over as it was graffiti. The council said it would remove any graffiti, regardless of the reputation of its creator, and specifically stated that Banksy "has no more right to paint graffiti than a child". Robert Davis, the chairman of the council planning committee told The Times newspaper: "If we condone this then we might as well say that any kid with a spray can is producing art." The work was painted over in April 2009.
    In late August 2008, marking the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the associated levee failure disaster, Banksy produced a series of works in New Orleans, Louisiana, mostly on buildings derelict since the disaster.
    More Details Hide Details A stencil painting attributed to Banksy appeared at a vacant petrol station in the Ensley neighbourhood of Birmingham, Alabama on 29 August as Hurricane Gustav approached the New Orleans area. The painting, depicting a hooded member of the Ku Klux Klan hanging from a noose, was quickly covered with black spray paint and later removed altogether.
    However, as of 18 January 2008, Banksy's Manifesto has been substituted with Graffiti Heroes No.03 that describes Peter Chappell's graffiti quest of the 1970s that worked to free George Davis of his imprisonment.
    More Details Hide Details By 12 August 2009 he was relying on Emo Philips' "When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realised God doesn't work that way, so I stole one and prayed for forgiveness." A small number of Banksy's works can be seen in the movie Children of Men, including a stenciled image of two policemen kissing and another stencil of a child looking down a shop. Banksy, who "is not represented by any of the commercial galleries that sell his work second hand (including Lazarides Ltd, Andipa Gallery, Bank Robber, Dreweatts etc.)", claims that the exhibition at Vanina Holasek Gallery in New York City (his first major exhibition in that city) is unauthorised. The exhibition featured 62 of his paintings and prints. In March, a stencilled graffiti work appeared on Thames Water tower in the middle of the Holland Park roundabout, and it was widely attributed to Banksy. It was of a child painting the tag "Take this—Society!" in bright orange. London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham spokesman, Councillor Greg Smith branded the art as vandalism, and ordered its immediate removal, which was carried out by H&F council workmen within three days.
  • 2007
    In October 2007, most of his works offered for sale at Bonhams auction house in London sold for more than twice their reserve price.
    More Details Hide Details Banksy has published a "manifesto" on his website. The text of the manifesto is credited as the diary entry of one Lieutenant Colonel Mervin Willett Gonin, DSO, which is exhibited in the Imperial War Museum. It describes how a shipment of lipstick to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp immediately after its liberation at the end of World War II helped the internees regain their humanity.
    On 4 June 2007, it was reported that Banksy's The Drinker had been stolen.
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    On 21 May 2007 Banksy gained the award for Art's Greatest living Briton.
    More Details Hide Details Banksy, as expected, did not turn up to collect his award and continued with his anonymous status.
    On 27 April 2007, a new record high for the sale of Banksy's work was set with the auction of the work Space Girl and Bird fetching £288,000 (US$576,000) around 20 times the estimate at Bonhams of London.
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    In April 2007, Transport for London painted over Banksy's image of a scene from Quentin Tarantino's film Pulp Fiction, featuring Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta clutching bananas instead of guns.
    More Details Hide Details Although the image was very popular, Transport for London claimed that the graffiti created "a general atmosphere of neglect and social decay which in turn encourages crime" and their staff are "professional cleaners not professional art critics". Banksy painted the same site again and, initially, the actors were portrayed as holding real guns instead of bananas, but they were adorned with banana costumes. Some time later, Banksy made a tribute artwork over this second Pulp Fiction work. The tribute was for 19-year-old British graffiti artist Ozone who, along with fellow artist Wants, was hit by an underground train in Barking, east London on 12 January 2007. Banksy depicted an angel wearing a bullet-proof vest holding a skull. He also wrote a note on his website saying: The last time I hit this spot I painted a crap picture of two men in banana costumes waving hand guns. A few weeks later a writer called Ozone completely dogged it and then wrote "If it's better next time I'll leave it" in the bottom corner. When we lost Ozone we lost a fearless graffiti writer and as it turns out a pretty perceptive art critic. Ozone – rest in peace.
    In February 2007, the owners of a house with a Banksy mural on the side in Bristol decided to sell the house through Red Propeller art gallery after offers fell through because the prospective buyers wanted to remove the mural.
    More Details Hide Details It is listed as a mural that comes with a house attached. In 2008, Nathan Wellard and Maev Neal, a couple from Norfolk, UK, made headlines in Britain when they decided to sell their mobile home that contains a 30-foot mural, entitled Fragile Silence, done by Banksy a decade prior to his rise to fame. According to Nathan Wellard, Banksy had asked the couple if he could use the side of their home as a "large canvas", to which they agreed. In return for the "canvas", the Bristol stencil artist gave them two free tickets to the Glastonbury Festival. The mobile home purchased by the couple 11 years ago for 1,000 GBP, is now being sold for 500,000 GBP.
    On 21 February 2007, Sotheby's auction house in London auctioned three works, reaching the highest ever price for a Banksy work at auction: over £102,000 for his Bombing Middle England.
    More Details Hide Details Two of his other graffiti works, Balloon Girl and Bomb Hugger, sold for £37,200 and £31,200 respectively, which were well above their estimated prices. The following day's auction saw a further three Banksy works reach soaring prices: Ballerina with Action Man Parts reached £96,000; Glory sold for £72,000; Untitled (2004) sold for £33,600; all significantly above estimated values. To coincide with the second day of auctions, Banksy updated his website with a new image of an auction house scene showing people bidding on a picture that said, "I Can't Believe You Morons Actually Buy This Shit."
  • 2006
    Banksy held an exhibition called Barely Legal, billed as a "three-day vandalised warehouse extravaganza" in Los Angeles, on the weekend of 16 September 2006.
    More Details Hide Details The exhibition featured a live "elephant in a room", painted in a pink and gold floral wallpaper pattern, which, according to leaflets handed out at the exhibition, was intended to draw attention to the issue of world poverty. Although the Animal Services Department had issued a permit for the elephant, after complaints from animal rights activists, the elephant appeared unpainted on the final day. Its owners rejected claims of mistreatment and said that the elephant had done "many, many movies. She's used to makeup." Banksy also made artwork displaying Queen Victoria as a lesbian and satirical pieces that incorporated art made by Andy Warhol and Leonardo da Vinci. After Christina Aguilera bought an original of Queen Victoria as a lesbian and two prints for £25,000, on 19 October 2006, a set of Kate Moss paintings sold in Sotheby's London for £50,400, setting an auction record for Banksy's work. The six silk-screen prints, featuring the model painted in the style of Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe pictures, sold for five times their estimated value. His stencil of a green Mona Lisa with real paint dripping from her eyes sold for £57,600 at the same auction. In December, journalist Max Foster coined the phrase, "the Banksy effect", to illustrate how interest in other street artists was growing on the back of Banksy's success.
  • 2005
    In August 2005, Banksy, on a trip to the Palestinian territories, created nine images on the Israeli West Bank wall.
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  • 2004
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