Bristol-born street artist Banksy remains an anonymous icon who creates art with wildly popular anti-establishment messages. Over the years, the artist has pulled many stunts: from hiding a shredder in a $1.4 million spray-painted canvas that was auctioned at London’s Sotheby’s, to selling pieces worth $40,000 for $60 apiece at a stand in Central Park. Despite the artist’s best efforts, the stunts have demonstrated that the art world is elite and inaccessible to the average person—something that Banksy doesn’t endorse, regardless of their rising fame.
While many past and ongoing exhibitions have been called fake on Banksy’s official website, the artists’ newest exhibit, showing in both LA and NYC, Banksy: Genius or Vandal? features more than 80 genuine and certified artworks on loan from private collectors around the world—albeit, still unauthorized by the mysterious artist. The exhibition urges visitors to answer the controversial question, “Who is Banksy?” There’s no doubt that Banksy is a brilliant artist worthy of recognition, but have their antics angered the masses? The popularity of this current exhibition says otherwise.
The animated, interactive street art beloved by the world has been transformed into a multi-media experience, plunging guests into the enigmatic universe of Banksy. Brought to life by entertainment producer Exhibition Hub and Fever, the event will highlight the world of the acclaimed “master of the streets.” In true Banksy fashion, the exhibition will also feature a unique virtual reality experience that guides viewers through the artist’s career.
Where: 10131 Jefferson Blvd, Culver City – Building D, 90232
When: September 24th-December 27th (Except Tuesdays)
New York City
Where: 526 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10011
When: September 1st-November 22nd (Except Tuesdays)