9 December 2015

Jimmy Cauty: Warning This Installation Contains Strong Content And Ideological Messages

Jimmy Cauty comes from a generation of disruptive artists that actually has something to say. In an age where mass media has blurred the lines between art and propaganda, Cauty still creates a relevant ideological message, along with visuals that talk to most of the visitors to his exhibitions. His last London show was at the L-13 […]

24 October 2015

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Dismaland: Opportunistic Thieves Steal Banksy’s ‘Dismal Aid’ Sign

Bristol street artist Banksy’s ‘crap’ dystopian theme park Dismaland was recently dismantled and shipped to a migrant camp near Calais to make shelters. The famed parked had featured a ruined fairytale castle, a crashed Cinderella coach and miserable stewards wearing Mickey Mouse ears, the unique theme park was designed to satirise commercialised tourist attractions. The […]

29 September 2015

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Banksy’s Dismaland: Dystopian Theme Park Re-Tasked To Make Shelters For Migrants

After the theme park Dismaland – which has given Weston-super-Mare an economy boost of over £20 million closes to the public, and has seen the pop-up “bemusement park” visited by over 150,000 visitors in the last five weeks – it has now been appropriately ‘re-tasked’. Bristol street artist Banksy’s ‘crap’ dystopian theme park Dismaland is […]

27 September 2015

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Banksy Dismaland Triumphs With £20m Boost To Local Economy

Banksy’s art theme park Dismaland, which has given Weston-super-Mare’s an economy boost of over £20m is set to close today, Sunday 27th September.  Visitors to the pop-up “bemusement park” has seen over 150,000 visitors in the last five weeks.  The head of the local Tourism board said the attraction to the seaside town has been a success […]

20 September 2015

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Banksy’s ‘Donkey Documents’ Has First Public UK Display

The owner of the original building was bemused when people crowded round his wall. But art aficionados had spotted Banksy’s signature alert on his website of his latest work, ’Donkey Documents’. Banksy created it in 2007 with an aerosol can, as part of a series of works of art along the concrete barrier separating the […]

12 September 2015

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Judge Rules Banksy’s ‘Art Buff’ Mural Must Be Returned To Folkestone

In December of last year campaigners stated that Banksy’s ‘Art Buff’ mural might return to Folkestone, after the work reportedly failed to sell at Art Basel Miami. As selling the painting on the open market turned out to be difficult, according to insiders, as the work had not been authenticated by Pest Control – a […]

23 August 2015

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Dismaland: Some Miss The Point Of The Intentionally Miserable Farce

If the reports from varying news agencies are correct then something has gone seriously wrong with Bristol street artist Banksy’s latest dystopic theme-park-work Dismaland – or is that something has gone right? When the Bristol street artist unveiled his newest and surprising creation, a group show as a biting satire of Disneyland, the art world […]

21 August 2015

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Dismaland: Wince-Inducing Yet Lacking Banksy’s Usual Cutting Satire?

It emerged in July that Disneyland Paris is allegedly charging German and British tourists up to 15% more than French visitors to the park. Behind the sparkly wholesomeness is, as usual, a faceless corporate conglomerate hyper-capitalist agenda at work. It’s timely then that Banksy has created his own satire of the brand – if you’re […]

19 August 2015

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New Banksy Installation Spotted In Weston-super-Mare

A new installation in Weston-super-Mare bearing all of the characteristics of a Banksy has been unveiled. The giant sculpture of a theme-park castle and tanker has appeared on the site of a derelict funfair, at the former Tropicana site, in North Somerset. The new artwork consists of a sand castle with a windmill on top and several rundown rides. […]

29 July 2015

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Banksy Street Art Removed From Bethlehem Up For Auction

Murals believed to have been created by the Bristol street artist Banksy on walls in Detroit, and in Bethlehem are to be put up for auction in September.  The artist’s work, ‘Donkey Documents’, depicts a donkey having its papers checked by a soldier and was left on a barrier dividing the West Bank from Israel […]

11 July 2015

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Shepard Fairey Arrested In LA Over Detroit Malicious Destruction Charges

The American Graffiti artist Shepard Fairey, who was charged in Detroit with causing criminal damage after allegedly vandalising several buildings during his residency in the city, has been arrested in Los Angeles. The artist was returning from a ‘Spraycation’ installing his largest exhibition to date at CAC Málaga in Spain. Agents at the Los Angeles Airport intercepted the street artist as he returned home […]

26 June 2015

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Shepard Fairey: Detroit Arrest Warrant Issued For allegedly Tagging Buildings

The American ‘Street Artist’ Shepard Fairey is being sought by police in Detroit after he allegedly tagged buildings around the city. A warrant for the arrest of the graffiti giant, best known for creatin the “Hope” image of President Obama during his 2008 election campaign, has been issued by enforcement officers. Just because he is a well-known artist does not take away the […]

2 June 2015

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Banksy Glasto Mural Realises £445k At Paris Auction

A Banksy painting that was produced on the side of a festival worker’s trailer, during the 1998 Glastonbury Festival, has realised £445,792 ($676,668). at a Paris auction.This important early mural was painted in 1998 went under the hammer at Digard Auctions in Paris. Silent Majority is an exceptional artwork and marks the beginning of the Banksy […]

1 June 2015

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Banksy’s Grim Reaper Finds New Permanent Home At Bristol Museum

Banksy’s The Grim Reaper has found a permanent home following a programme of restoration. The iconic mural which was painted on the bottom of an abandoned boat, will now be exhibited at Bristol’s M-Shed museum.The mural will be permanently on view at the museum from 3 June. The Thekla, was home to a nightclub and the well known artwork was visible just […]

24 May 2015

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Banksy And Koons Raises $30m At Star-studded Cannes AIDS Auction

One of the leading AIDS charitys has raised a staggering $30 million in support of amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, and its pursuit of a cure for HIV/AIDS. The star-studded black-tie event was held at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, France, during the Cannes Film Festival. The undisputed highlight of the evening’s live auction, led by […]

14 April 2015

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Banksy Reacts To Spy Booth Given Grade II Listed Status

After Banksy’s Cheltenham mural “Spy Booth” – which appeared last April on a house three miles from the top government listening post GCHQ – was granted listed protection, the Bristol street artist has given his reaction. The mural created international news coverage when it was splattered with white paint, sprayed with silver and defaced with […]

1 April 2015

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Banksy Owner Conned Out Of £100,000 Artwork In Gaza

A resident of the Gaza Strip has been conned into selling a work painted by the ‘Street’ artist Banksy for a fraction of it’s true value. The mural depicting the Greek goddess Niobe, weeping for her slain children, was sprayed on the door, which was the last standing piece of the home of the Gaza man. Rabie Darduna, […]

26 March 2015

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Art Outrage Is Subjective To The Zeitgeist Of Social Perception

The term ‘offence’, in the context of ‘to take offence at’ (as opposed to, an illegal offence or act against the law) is defined as an “annoyance or resentment brought about by a perceived insult to or disregard for oneself”. Thus if we look at artworks which have caused outrage over the centuries, we find […]

2 March 2015

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Last Banksy Work In Germany Destroyed By Vandal

Germany had one last remaining Banksy work of art – it has now been vandalised Süddeutsche Zeitung reports. The elusive street artist sprayed the stencil ‘Bomb Hugger’, which depicts a little girl embracing a bomb, on a concrete pillar in Hamburg’s city centre some 12 years ago. A local arts foundation installed a protective plexiglass […]

1 March 2015

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Artist Nidaa Badwan Creates Her Own Internal World As A Response To Gaza’s Plight

After the famous street artist Banksy’s appearance on the ruined streets of Gaza, with graffiti stencils on concrete rubble popping up in criticism of the ‘world’s largest open-air prison’ – including an image of a crying figure wearing a head scarf, a dark scene of children playing on a fairground ride, and a white kitten […]

26 February 2015

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Banksy Works Appear In Gaza To Highlight ‘World’s Largest Open-air Prison’

The famous Bristol street artist has been on the move, with graffiti stencils on concrete rubble popping up in Gaza criticising the ‘world’s largest open-air prison’ – include an image of a crying figure wearing a head scarf, a dark scene of children playing on a fairground ride, and a white kitten licking its paws. […]

20 February 2015

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Banksy Cheltenham Mural Spy Booth Granted Grade Two Listed Status

Banksy’s Cheltenham mural “Spy Booth” which appeared last April on a house three miles from the top government listening post GCHQ, has been granted listed protection. The mural created international news coverage when it was splattered with white paint, sprayed with silver and defaced with red graffiti. At one point a thief attempted to cut […]

2 February 2015

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Banksy At Second International Art Fair Oxford

The city of Oxford is once again playing host to hundreds of artists from all around the world when it stages the second Oxford International Art Fair from 6th to 8th February 2015, with this year’s event taking over not one but three halls at the city’s town hall. More than 150 artists from over […]

30 January 2015

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Banksy Collection Achieves Higher Than Estimate With £459,074 At Bonhams

Steve Lazarides, the former agent of the notorious Bristol street artist Banksy has auctioned off a collection his private collection of 30 Banksy prints and two sculptures. The auction was held as part of Founded 1793, the contemporary art auction at Bonhams New Bond Street which took place on 28 January 2015. Bonhams London auctioned […]

29 January 2015

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Banksy’s Publicist States Schoolboy Train Encounter Was Impersonator

It was reported widely this month that a helpful schoolboy on a train was handed a ‘Banksy’ by a passenger. It has been claimed that Ben Azarya was handed the signed copy of an iconic print which he was told would be worth about £20,000 after the schoolboy helped a stranger pick up his paints […]

20 January 2015

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Banksy To Return To San Francisco Street After Five Years

After a number of Banksy sojourns abroad, it is now common for the street artist’s work to pop up almost anywhere; but it would seem that the authorities tend to have the same reaction not matter where you are in the world. A Banksy mural of a beret-wearing rat holding a marker pen, was one […]

15 January 2015

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Did Banksy Really Reveal His True Identity To A Schoolboy?

When a helpful schoolboy on a train was handed a ‘Banksy’ by a passenger it instantly reignited the mystery concerning the true identity of the artist. Ben Azarya was handed the signed copy of an iconic print which he was told would be worth about £20,000 after the schoolboy helped a stranger pick up his […]

11 January 2015

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Steve Lazarides Former Banksy Dealer To Auction 30 Works At Bonhams

Steve Lazarides, the former agent of the notorious Bristol street artist Banksy is to auction off a collection his private collection of 30 Banksy prints and two sculptures. The auction is to be auctioned as part of Founded 1793, the contemporary art auction at Bonhams New Bond Street taking place on 28 January 2015. amongst […]

9 January 2015

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Schoolboy Given £20,000 Banksy By Person Claiming To Be The Artist

A helpful schoolboy on a train was handed a ‘Banksy’ by a passenger. Ben Azarya was handed the signed copy of an iconic print which he was told would be worth about £20,000 after the schoolboy helped a stranger pick up his paints after they fell from his bag. The mysterious individual then signed a […]

8 January 2015

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Poignant Illustration Is Not A Banksy But Sums Up Charlie Hebdo Massacre

A poignant illustration by the French London based Illustrator, Lucille Clerc has gone viral on the web.  The drawing, which was originally thought to be by Banksy is a response to the terror attack in Paris at the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which took place yesterday. Thousands of Banksy fans have shared […]

19 December 2014

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Top UK Anti-Graffiti Officer Wants To Put Banksy In Prison

Detective Constable Colin Saysell, the top anti-graffiti officer in the UK has Spoken at a conference on graffiti at London’s Southbank centre, and is advocating for harsher penalties to be levied against graffiti writers and street artists who chose to create works in unauthorised locations. Detective Constable Colin Saysell has been in pursuit of ‘would-be […]

16 December 2014

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Banksy’s Art Buff Fails To Sell And May Return To Folkestone

Campaigners say that Banksy’s ‘Art Buff’ mural could return to Folkestone, after the work reportedly failed to sell at Art Basel Miami. As selling the painting on the open market could be difficult, according to insiders. Hrag Vartanian, editor-in-chief and co-founder of art blog Hyperallergic, told Kent Online that the work will also be hard […]