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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Banksy Strikes Again, With Nod to Basquiat
New York Times - 5 months
Two new Banksys, which appear to be a homage, of sorts, have popped up at the Barbican Center, days ahead of a show of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work.
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Hidden Banksy Art to Be Displayed by London Developer
New York Times - 6 months
“Snorting Copper” had been painted over and boarded up. Now, the man who rediscovered it says he will keep the restored work where the public can see it.
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The week ahead in L.A. theater, Aug. 20-27: ‘A Night With Janis Joplin’ and more
LATimes - 6 months
THEATER Capsule reviews are by Charles McNulty (C.M.) and Philip Brandes (P.B.). Openings Festival of Living Art Works by Munch, Picasso, Banksy, et al., are re-created and set to a musical score. Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Sun.-Mon, 8:30 p.m.;...
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Banksy weighs in on Trump's wall? A new mystery mural in Bethlehem
LATimes - 7 months
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Banksy's Real Identity May Finally, Actually, Seriously Have Been Revealed
Huffington Post - 8 months
In the real world, anonymous street artist Banksy is about as close to a masked superhero as there is. Only instead of saving the world, he critiques and satirizes the ugly truths of contemporary life with graphic imagery that will make you laugh before leaving you with an uneasy feeling in your stomach.  For years, civilians have fancied themselves amateur sleuths after his true identity, offering up one potential name after another, most of which were discredited after a short spurt of internet chatter.  Except this time, Banksy’s identity was alluded to by a slip of the tongue. And the accidental nature of the information coming out gives the impression that this grand Banksy reveal may actually be the real thing.  The news came during a podcast interview between English musician DJ Goldie and poet and musician Scroobius Pip on Pip’s podcast Distraction Pieces on Tuesday. Goldie, when discussing the street artist, said this:  Give me a bubb...
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The Revolutionary Street Art Project That Inspired Banksy And Empowered A City's Youth
Huffington Post - 8 months
John Nation just wanted to give teenagers in Bristol, southwest England, a safe place to spray-paint without fear of arrest and prosecution. Little did the then 21-year-old youth worker know back in 1984 that his “Aerosol Art Project” at the Barton Hill Youth Center would go some way to shaping British and global street art over the coming years and decades. It spawned an entire generation of influential and genre-defining artists ― including Banksy. But as Nation, now 54, told HuffPost in a wide-ranging interview, the initiative also almost ended up costing him his job, his reputation and his liberty. Nation was just 18-years-old when, in 1981, he became an outreach worker at the youth center in his home neighborhood of Barton Hill. “We helped kids deal with the nitty gritty of life [...] providing sexual health awareness, talking about drugs, that kind of thing,” he told HuffPost. A trip to Amsterdam in 1982 sparked an interest in graffiti, which he saw adorning the Dut...
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Banksy's 'legally dubious' election offer halted amid police probe
CNN - 9 months
Street artist Banksy may have painted himself into a corner. The anonymous art star has been forced to cancel plans to give free works to voters in parts of the UK, after the police launched an investigation.
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Banksy takes on Brexit in new mural
Reuters.com - 10 months
British street artist Banksy tackles Brexit with a mural of a workman chipping away one of the 12 gold stars of the EU flag on a wall in Dover.
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Banksy Unveils Brexit-Inspired Mural Showing Dismantling Of EU Flag
Huffington Post - 10 months
Elusive British street artist Banksy has unveiled his latest artwork, one that depicts the dismantling of the European Union’s flag. The massive blue and yellow mural appeared overnight in Dover, England on Sunday. The site is near a major ferry terminal that connects the U.K. with mainland Europe. A post shared by Banksy (@banksy) on May 7, 2017 at 6:44am PDT Representatives for the artist, whose identity is not publicly known, confirmed to Reuters that it is by Banksy, whose verified Instagram account shared photos of the work. In the painting, a worker is seen chipping away at one of the flag’s 12 stars, which are said to “stand for the ideals of unity, solidarity and harmony among the peoples of Europe,” according to the EU’s website. “The number of stars has nothing to do with the number of member countries, though the circle is a symbol of unity,” the website states. Dover, England. A post shared by Banksy (@banksy) on May...
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Street Artist Uses Awesome Spray Paint Skills To Unveil HuffPost's New Logo
Huffington Post - 10 months
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Tuesday's Morning Email: The Latest In The Russia Revelations
Huffington Post - 11 months
TOP STORIES (And want to get The Morning Email each weekday? Sign up here.) BREAKING DOWN THE RUSSIA REVELATIONS Two bombshell reports dropped Monday from The Washington Post and BuzzFeed. The first alleged that the United Arab Emirates set up a secret meeting in January between Betsy DeVos’s brother, Erik Price ― the founder of Blackwater ― and a Russian who was close to President Vladi­mir Putin “as part of an apparent effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and President-elect Donald Trump.” And BuzzFeed confirmed former Trump advisor Carter Page “met with and passed documents to a Russian intelligence operative.” [WaPo] THE GOP HEALTH CARE DEAL ISN’T DEAD YET “House Republicans still don’t have a deal to revive their health care bill, but the White House is laying the groundwork for negotiations to move quickly, meeting individually Monday with moderates and conservatives to discuss a possible agreement.” [HuffPost] ‘THIS...
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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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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    Banksy opened Dismaland, a large scale group show lampooning Disneyland on 21 August 2015 and permanently closed on 27 September 2015.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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  • 2011
    In May 2011 Banksy released a lithographic print which showed a smoking petrol bomb contained in a 'Tesco Value' bottle.
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    In January 2011, Banksy published the original storyboard on its website.
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    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.
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    In late January 2011, Exit Through the Gift Shop was nominated for a 2010 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.
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  • 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.
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    In early May 2010, seven new Banksy works of art appeared in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, though most have been subsequently painted over or removed.
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    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.
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  • 2009
    In December 2009, Banksy marked the end of the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference by painting four murals on global warming.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
  • 2008
    In London, over the weekend 3–5 May 2008, Banksy hosted an exhibition called The Cans Festival.
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    In December 2008, The Little Diver, a Banksy image of a diver in a duffle coat in Melbourne Australia was destroyed.
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    His first official exhibition in New York City, "The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill", opened 5 October 2008.
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    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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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    On 4 June 2007, it was reported that Banksy's The Drinker had been stolen.
    On 21 May 2007 Banksy gained the award for Art's Greatest living Briton.
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    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.
    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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  • 2005
    In August 2005, Banksy, on a trip to the Palestinian territories, created nine images on the Israeli West Bank wall.
  • 2004
    Born in 2004.
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