First Banksy retrospective unveiled in London
The Sotheby's exhibition, which has not been approved by the artist, will showcase over 70 of his print works
The first retrospective of Banksy’s artwork has been unveiled in London, featuring some of the graffiti artist’s best-known works.
The show, which is one of the biggest of its kind, will bring together over 70 paintings, sculptures and prints Lazarides considers crucial to Banksy’s rise, including “Kissing Coppers” and his prints of Kate Moss painted in the same vein as Warhol’s Marilyn series.
The exhibition, held at Sotheby’s sister gallery S2, has not been approved by the artist, who is aware it is taking place but has not given his official consent.
The show has been curated by Steve Lazarides, Bansky’s agent and wingman during his formative days as a graffiti artist working in Bristol in the Nineties.
The pieces, which do not include excavated Banksy graffiti works from the side of buildings, are expected to sell for between £4,000 and £500,000.
The anonymous artist has striven to keep a distance from the commercial art world despite the soaring value of his work.
One of his paper prints for sale at the show ironically sums up his attitude to the inflated prices of the commercial art market.
Banksy's 'Morons' sums up his attitude to the commercial art world
Entitled“Morons”, the paper print depicts an art auctioneer selling a painting in a frame which simply reads “I can’t believe you morons actually buy this shit”.
On the last day of his New York art residency last year, Banksy renewed his pledge to create public art.
“Art’s rightful place is on the cave walls of our committees where it can act as a public service, provoke debate, voice concerns, forge identities,” he said in an audio guide on his site.
“The world we live in today is run, visually at least, by traffic signs, billboards and planning committees. Is that it? Don’t we want to live in a world run by art, not just decorated by it?”
GlastonburyWI to make debut appearance at Somerset festival
TV reviewIt has taken seven episodes for Game of Thrones season five to hit its stride
FilmPalme d'Or goes to radical and astonishing film that turns conventional thinking about immigrants on its head
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 California man brutally beat 82-year-old Sikh grandfather he mistook for 'one of those people'
- 2 Amber Peat: Body found in search for missing 13-year-old who left house after argument with her parents
- 3 School kitchen manager 'fired from Colorado school for giving hungry students free lunches'
- 4 Gay teenager 'forced to have sex with his own mother' to 'cure' his homosexuality, campaigners in India say
- 5 Charles Kennedy 'had better judgement drunk than many sober politicians' says Ian Hislop
Syd Barrett's inner visions
Britain's Got Talent 2015: Simon Cowell 'feels like an idiot' after Jules and Matisse scandal
Game of Thrones season 6: George RR Martin doing 'anything he can' to get new book The Winds of Winter out before next HBO series airs
Game of Thrones, Battle of Hardhome: 20-minute Wildlings versus White Walkers battle took a 'solid month' to film
Game of Thrones season 5 episode 9, The Dance of Dragons: Jon Snow returns to The Wall after epic Battle of Hardhome
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it
Threat to scrap Human Rights Act could see UK follow Nazi example, warns UN official
Church of England 'one generation away from extinction' after dramatic loss of followers