Subtitle: Wall and Piece
Dimensions: 21 x 26 x 2 cm/ 8.3 x 10.2 x 0.8 inch.
Artistic genius, political activist, painter, vandal, legend or infamous graffiti artist? Banksy’s universe is unmistakable and he makes no distinction between canvas, bridge, wall, animal (entrance garden) and street. His subversive and witty work is known and loved all over the world. Banksy’s stencils bring to life a universe of their own: rats with jackhammers, urinating and sniffing policemen, monkeys with weapons of mass destruction, Mona Lisas with grenade launchers, mutiny bankers. His statements – in words and images – are inflammatory and insightful, razor-sharp and socially critical. His work turns against war, monarchy, capitalism and advertising, but always with a smile on the face. Although his identity is still unknown, everyone knows his name and work.
“First major overview of the work of Banksy, notorious English graffiti artist from Bristol. His true identity is still unknown, but Banksy has become a household name internationally. His work, which turns against capitalism, advertising, war and monarchy, can be found in the English street scene, on the Palestinian wall and in museums in Paris and New York. Banksy combines graffiti with a characteristic template technique. Not only does he work on walls and street furniture in minutes, he also sprays live animals, zoos and paintings indoors. His visual statements and slogans are sharp, catchy and humorous. This overview shows his diverse work thematically (monkeys, police officers, rats, cows, art, street furniture), entirely in the style of Banksy. The full-page, full-color photos, here and there with comments and comments from Banksy itself, provide a lot of browsing pleasure. Banksy’s interventions are loved or reviled, but when looking at this collection of his work, a smile is never far away.”
Drs. J.M.L.E. de Koning