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After Banksy

Walled Off Hotel Box Set, 2017

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Details

Lot 49
Print on paper accompanied by a chunk of concrete, housed in frame as intended by artist
10.0 x 10.0 in (25.4 x 25.4 cm)
Unsigned

Location

This work ships from the United Kingdom.


Description

Banksy’s Walled Off Hotel in the Palestinian territories is a continuation of the artist’s interest in the region, first ignited when he graffitied the West Bank barrier in 2004. The provocateur recently opened a gift shop to sell customized souvenirs relating to the locale and tense political situation. This print turns a watchtower into a classic carnival ride, juxtaposing surveillance with leisure to form an arresting political commentary.


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About After Banksy

Banksy (English, b. 1974) is a globally-recognized graffiti artist, activist, and provocateur. Known for his anonymity and stenciled figures, his work regularly engages political themes, satirically critiquing war, capitalism, hypocrisy, and greed. To this effect, his depictions of rats, apes, policemen, royalty, and children have surreptitiously appeared in museums, on street corners, and in installations throughout London and around the world. Democratic at heart, Banksy’s work spurns the bourgeois nature of the art world, as demonstrated in 2018 when he deliberately shredded one of his pieces moments after it sold at Sotheby’s. Still, his popularity forces him to tread a fine line between commercial and street art, which he examined in his Academy Award-nominated documentary, ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop.’