Art Review noted his admittance ‘because he neither seeks nor needs the support of the artworld’s established critical, institutional or commercial infrastructures.’ Whilst Banksy goes to great lenghts to kept his anonymity, he hasn’t shieded away from the spotlight with his work. Notable accolades for 2019 include:
Devolved Parliament Sale
The sale of Banksy’s painting ‘Devolved Parliament‘ managed a record breaking £9.9 million at Sotheby’s in October. The large-scale piece that replaces British politicians in the House of Commons with chimpanzees measures in at a dizzying 2.5m x 4.2m (8ft 2in x 13ft 9in).
Stormzy Headlines Glastonbury in a stab-proof vest made by Banksy
British rapper Stormzy – rolled out on stage as Friday night’s headliner at Glastonbury 2019 wearing a stab-proof vest emblazoned with a Union Jack. The vest grabbed the headlines and would later be offered on sale for a mere £850 as part of Banksy’s – Gross Domestic Product shop which popped up in South London in early October.
Gross Domestic Product
Banksy opened his very own ‘Homeware’ store in Croydon in October offering goods such as Tony the Tiger as a living room rug and a riot gear helmet disco ball. The temporary installation which never really opened was on display for a two week period after which the items were offered in a lottery sale on a new website setup by Banksy. Read more about Gross Domestic Product on Colossal.
Alongside the announcement of Gross Domestic Product – Banksy revealed plans for taking control of the secondhand market of his work. The new site cleverly named – bbay.shop notes the site as ‘your first choice destination to trade in secondhand work by a third-rate artist.’ Little information is known about this ‘coming soon’ venture, but there is sure to be a twist as ever with Banksy.
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