THE ART OF BANKSY
Banksy. One of contemporary Britain’s most successful and certainly most mysterious artists. Banksy’s street art pops up all over the world with humorous, politically-slanted and sometimes challenging works, which he places in public spaces to rattle the establishment’s cage—usually by spraying images and messages on walls using stencils. For instance, Banksy made a wall painting of Steve Jobs in the refugee camp in Calais. The son of a Syrian migrant himself, Steve Jobs is shown with a sack on his back and an old Apple Macintosh computer in his right hand.
A new work by Banksy recently appeared opposite the French Embassy in London. It is an image inspired by the poster for the musical Les Misérables in which Banksy pictures the girl crying from the effects of tear gas. It is a condemnation of the actions of the French police in the refugee camp in Calais.
Banksy is known for his anti-capitalism message and the mirror he delights in holding up to the human race. His last major work was Dismaland, the decaying ‘anti-fun park’ erected in the summer of 2015 on the British coast near Bristol, which attracted over 150,000 visitors within a month. Although the artist is active worldwide, Banksy’s work has never appeared on walls or in streets in the Netherlands.
From 18 June 2016 to 8 January 2017, iconic work by street art enigma Banksy will be showing in Amsterdam. Banksy’s former agent and gallerist, Steve Lazarides, has brought together a sizeable collection of the artist’s work, which is being shown for the first time in Europe in the Beurs van Berlage, in association with Brand New Expo.
All the works that are included in THE ART OF BANKSY exhibition are limited edition screen prints and originally works painted by Banksy himself, which are all unique in their form and from several of them there’s only one edition ever made.
Displayed in installations that include a reconstructed London street with underground station and even Banksy’s studio, THE ART OF BANKSY presents around 80 of his original works to tell the controversial artist’s story. Girl and Red Balloon and Laugh Now, once confrontational statements at the cutting edge of politics, graffiti and art, are now part of the largest Banksy collection ever exhibited. For the first time THE ART OF BANKSY makes a wide range of his iconic works accessible to his Dutch and international fans.