• TEMPLATE - Banksquiat (Black)
  • TEMPLATE - Banksquiat (Black)
  • TEMPLATE - Banksquiat (Black)

    TEMPLATE - Banksquiat (Black)

    Banksy

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    Screenprint in colors, on black card

    29 1/2 x 27 5/8 in

    Signed and numbered XXX/300 in white pencil. Co-published by the artist and Gross Domestic Product (GDP), London (with the artist's blindstamp), with the accompanying Certificate of Authenticity issued by Pest Control, unframed.

    Banksquiat (Black), realized in 2019 as part of the artist’s Gross Domestic Product installation, derives its imagery from an original stenciled work that was unveiled in 2017 at the Barbican Centre in London. The appearance of this mural coincided with the opening of the Barbican’s Basquiat: Boom For Real exhibition – the first major retrospective in Britain dedicated to the American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.

    Positioned on the concrete facade of the Barbican, the original design for Banksquiat was accompanied by another Banksy mural, which detailed a pair of London Metropolitan Police officers frisking the two titular figures of Basquiat’s 1982 painting Boy and Dog in a Johnnypump. Both works were cleverly stenciled near a sign pointing towards the ‘Barbican Exhibition Halls’, encouraging viewers to question the complex politics at play in the encounter between the Barbican, the street, Basquiat, and Banksy.

    At first glance, the deceptively simple design of Banksquiat (Grey) shrouds the heavily layered art historical references within the print. Depicting a Ferris wheel, Banksy’s composition visually recalls the installation created by Basquiat for Luna Luna.

    This work has never been framed and is in original condition. 

    “Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable."

    Banksy

    Banksy, the enigmatic street artist, has become an art world phenomenon. Their sharp wit and potent social commentary, delivered through stenciled murals, have captivated audiences worldwide. Despite their best efforts to maintain anonymity, their work has become instantly recognizable.