Banksy creates T-shirt to help statue-toppling defendants
Hundreds of people lined up Saturday in the English city of Bristol to get the latest work by elusive street artist Banksy — a T-shirt created to help four defendants charged over the toppling of a local statue of a slave trader. The gray shirt features the word Bristol above the empty plinth on which the statue of 17th-century slave merchant Edward Colston long stood, with a rope hanging from it and debris scattered around. Anti-racism demonstrators pulled down the statue and and dumped it in Bristol harbor in June 2020 amid global protests sparked by the police killing of a Black American man, George Floyd. Banksy’s identity has never been confirmed, but he began his career spray-painting walls and bridges in Bristol, a port city in southwest England.news.yahoo.com
Banksy painting raises $23 million for UK health charities
A Banksy painting honoring Britains health workers in the coronavirus pandemic has sold for a record 16.8 million pounds ($23.2 million.) Auction house Christies said Tuesday, March 23, 2021 that proceeds from the sale will be used to fund health organizations and charities across the U.K. (Andrew Matthews/PA via AP, file)LONDON – A Banksy painting honoring Britain’s health workers in the pandemic has sold for a record 16.8 million pounds ($23.2 million), auction house Christie’s said Tuesday. Proceeds from the sale will be used to fund health organizations and charities across the U.K., it said. The auction house said it will donate a “significant portion” of the buyer’s premium to health organizations. “Banksy is an extraordinary artist who is a constant barometer of nationwide sentiment,” said Katharine Arnold, who heads the European post-war and contemporary art division at the auction house.
Blockchain company buys and burns Banksy artwork to turn it into a digital original
Injective Protocol, the company behind the stunt, bought the screenprint "Morons (White)" from New York's Taglialatella Gallery, then burned it Monday evening. While digital art has recently become popular, this event is the first major instance in which a physical artwork was turned into a unique digital asset, according to Injective Protocol executive Mirza Uddin. Representatives from the Taglialatella Gallery confirmed that the print was sold to Injective Protocol in January. According to Injective Protocol, Taglialatella Gallery was not aware the print would be destroyed when it was sold. For example, NFTs can be linked to digital photos, videos, virtual trading cards in video games and even digital artwork.cbsnews.com
UK homeowner delays sale of home after Banksy mural appears
Banksy's latest mural titled Aachoo!! that has appeared on a wall in Bristol, England, Thursday Dec. 10, 2020. Banksy's latest mural has delayed - but not thwarted - a homeowner's plans to sell in Bristol after it recently appeared on the house's exterior wall. (Claire Hayhurst/PA via AP)LONDON – Banksy's latest mural has delayed a homeowner's plans to sell in England after it recently appeared on the house's exterior wall. “It does increase the value, and you have to take a moment to think about it, but it’s not changing anything in terms of the house sale for us,” Makin said.
Actors connect in 'subconscious' to play young, old Hokusai
In this photo provided by 2020 HOKUSAI MOVIE, actor Min Tanaka performs in a scene from "Hokusai". The new film portraying the life of Edo-era painter and printer Hokusai features the artistry of two modern-day Japanese actors. Internationally acclaimed dancer Tanaka portrays the older Hokusai. (2020 HOKUSAI MOVIE via AP)TOKYO – A new film portraying the life of Edo-era painter and printer Hokusai features the artistry of two modern-day Japanese actors. Internationally acclaimed dancer Min Tanaka portrays the older Hokusai.
Artist Banksy on migrant crisis: ‘All Black Lives Matter’
A Berlin-based group says it has begun migrant rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea with a bright pink former navy vessel sponsored by British artist Banksy. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)LONDON – Street artist Banksy has released a video with a strong political message explaining why he became involved in a search-and-rescue ship helping migrants in the Mediterranean Sea. “It’s a French Navy vessel we converted into a lifeboat.”“Because EU authorities deliberately ignore distress calls from ’non-Europeans',” the subversive artist continued. “All Black Lives Matter.”The video featured footage of migrants at sea and clips of the vessel, called the MV Louise Michel, which is painted bright pink. The Louise Michel crew has said it is sponsored by Banksy, whose real name remains a mystery.
Miami artist claims Banksy entrusted him with piece at abandoned building
MIAMI – Banksy has developed a worldwide reputation as an irreverent prankster. Graffiti writers frequent an abandoned 11-story building in Miami Gardens. Adrian Valenzuela, a 21-year-old Californian who lived in Broward, recently fell to his death at an abandoned building in Miami Gardens. The Pest Control Office’s warning: “Banksy doesn’t outsource being Banksy to anyone else.”There was also no mention of the alleged Miami unveiling on Banksy’s Instagram. Louise Michel,” a rescue ship with the image of a girl who is holding on to a heart-shaped safety float.
Miami artist claims Banksy entrusted him with piece at abandoned building
MIAMI – Banksy has developed a worldwide reputation as an irreverent prankster. Adrian Valenzuela, a 21-year-old Californian who lived in Broward, recently fell to his death at an abandoned building in Miami Gardens. The Pest Control Office’s warning: “Banksy doesn’t outsource being Banksy to anyone else.”There was also no mention of the alleged Miami unveiling on Banksy’s Instagram. Louise Michel,” a rescue ship with the image of a girl who is holding on to a heart-shaped safety float. Advocates for refugees' rights had been using Banksy’s “Louise Michel” to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean Sea until last week when “growing restrictions imposed on civil rescue ships” put a stop to the operation.
Banksy artwork sells for almost $10 million at auction
A member of staff poses in front of a work of art by Banksy entitled 'Show Me The Monet" at Sotheby's auction house in London, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Banksys Show Me the Monet playful take on a famous Impressionist painting has sold to an unidentified bidder at auction on Wednesday evening Oct. 21, 2020, for 7.6 million pounds (US dollars 9.8 million). (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LONDON – Banksy’s playful take on a famous Impressionist painting has sold at auction for 7.6 million pounds ($9.8 million), the second-highest price ever paid for a work by the British street artist. In the 2005 work, Banksy added abandoned shopping carts and an orange traffic cone to Claude Monet’s image of water lilies in his garden at Giverny. Another Banksy work, “Devolved Parliament,” sold last year at Sotheby’s in London for 9.9 million pounds.
Banksy loses EU trademark fight with greeting card company
BRUSSELS – Street artist Banksy has lost a legal battle with a a greeting card company along with a European Union trademark for one of his most iconic artworks. The decision, which can be appealed, followed a dispute between U.K. greeting card company Full Colour Black Ltd. and the company that authenticates and handles requests dealing with Banksy's work, Pest Control Office Ltd. The greeting card company also noted that Banksy wrote in one of his books that “copyright is for losers." After Full Colour Black started legal proceedings, Banksy opened an online store called Gross Domestic Product to sell his own range of merchandise. The contested (trademark) was filed in order for Banksy to have legal rights over the sign as he could not rely on copyright rights, but that is not a function of a trademark."
Banksy's last COVID-19 tags scrubbed from London Tube train
LONDON Even if you are Banksy, tagging is forbidden on London's Underground. Transport for London, the transportation agency for the greater London area, scrubbed the acclaimed street artist's latest work on the subject of COVID-19 from one of its trains, erasing a visual warning on the dangers of skipping face coverings. Banksy uploaded a a 59-second video to his Instagram and YouTube pages on Tuesday that showed him spray painting on a Circle Line train. One memorable image shows a sickly rat with a runny nose that sneezes and spreads a spray of droplets across a window. Transport for London officials say the works were removed because of a strict anti-graffiti policy.
Italy returns stolen Banksy to France on Bastille Day
(AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)ROME Italy on Tuesday returned to France a stolen artwork by British artist Banksy that was painted as a tribute to the victims of the 2015 Paris attacks at the Bataclan music hall. The chief prosecutor in charge of the investigation, Michele Renzo, told the French ambassador that it was significant that the handover was occurring on Bastille Day, given the need to continue fighting for all freedoms. Italian authorities had announced last month that they had discovered the painted door in an attic in a country home in Abruzzo. French Ambassador Christian Masset said the door was a witness to the attack but also an escape route. Thanks to this door more lives were saved.Standing next to the piece after it was unveiled, Renzo said Italy was proud to return the painting to its rightful owners.
Banksy's Valentine's Day mural now covered after it was vandalized in London
Just 48 hours after it appeared in Bristol, England, Banksy's latest mural has been vandalized. The mural features a young girl using a slingshot to playfully fire red flowers into the air. The family that owns the home has since covered up the mural to protect it. On Sunday, Woodruff told The Associated Press they have added temporary fencing and installed closed-circuit television cameras. "Due to the mindless vandalism to the artwork, the family have taken the very difficult decision to cover the artwork to try to protect it," Woodruff said.cbsnews.com
Banksy artwork under floodwater in Venice
A Banksy artwork of a young refugee in a life jacket is partially submerged in Venice's worst floods in 50 years. (CNN) - A Banksy artwork of a young refugee in a life jacket is partially submerged in Venice's worst floods in 50 years -- as the city faces rising water levels on Friday and growing concerns over the extent of cultural damage. The spokesman added that the ministry has included St. Mark's Square, St Mark's Basilica and other historical buildings as areas of special concern. This comes as St Mark's Square was closed on Friday morning in the interest of public safety. Luigi Brugnaro, the Mayor of Venice who tweeted earlier this week that "Venice is on its knees", took to Twitter to share the news.
Banksy has opened an online store
Street artist Banksy appears to have turned up unannounced at the Venice Biennale, and may have even been kicked out of one of the city's most famous piazzas for running a stall without a permit. (CNN) - British artist Banksy has opened an online store, with the stab-proof vest worn by grime superstar Stormzy at Glastonbury among the items for sale. "Gross Domestic Product" is described as "the homewares brand from Banksy," while the website's footer reads "...where art irritates life." The description reads, "As worn by Stormzy at Glastonbury festival (because it's very dangerous there)." Prospective Gross Domestic Product buyers must register online for the chance to buy one item, and are asked to answer the question, "Why does art matter?"
Banksy painting of British politicians as chimpanzees sells for record $12.2 million
A painting by the world's most famous street artist depicting members of the British Parliament as chimpanzees sold at auction Thursday for a record 9.9 million, or about $12.2 million. It's titled "Devolved Parliament" and depicts the House of Commons "overrun with parliamentary primates" a particularly timely piece given the tumultuous state of British politics over the controversial Brexit debate. Banksy's "Devolved Parliament" sold for a record $12.2 million at Sotheby's London. Bristol museum have just put it back on display to mark Brexit day," Banksy posted on Instagram in March. The previous auction record for the artist was $1.87 million, for the painting "Keep it Spotless" at Sotheby's New York in 2008.cbsnews.com
Banksy opens pop-up "store" in feud with greeting card company
Original artworks by British artist Banksy form part of an installation inside a shop front, ahead of an online sale, in Croydon, England, October 1, 2019. REUTERSLondon Art fans and curious shoppers crowded around a disused shop in south London on Monday after notorious street artist Banksy set up a mini art exhibition in protest against a greeting card company. The exhibition popped up overnight in Croydon, with the exhibits shown behind large glass windows, under a shop sign reading "Gross Domestic Product." Banksy said in a statement that his motivation was "possibly the least poetic reason to ever make some art." Original artworks by British artist Banksy form part of an installation inside a shop front, ahead of an online sale, in Croydon, England, October 1, 2019.cbsnews.com
Banksy's chimp-filled Parliament up for sale amid Brexit chaos
As Britain's political system remains in Brexit turmoil, a Banksy painting of the House of Commons overrun by chimpanzees is to go on sale in London next month. (CNN) - As Britain's political system remains in Brexit turmoil, a Banksy painting of the House of Commons overrun by chimpanzees is to go on sale in London next month. Measuring 13 feet long, "Devolved Parliament" shows the benches of Parliament occupied by primates. It will be on show at Sotheby's for several days before the sale, just one mile from Westminster, where political chaos continues to reign. While "Devolved Parliament" was not intended as a commentary on Brexit, the issue has not escaped the artist's attention since the 2016 referendum.