BANKSY TAKES ON THE OLYMPICS!
Leave it to Banksy to remind us why we love him when we least expect it! With the 2012 London Olympics right around the corner, the British graffiti artist infuses his signature political satirical twist - presenting each athlete as both a long-range arms dealer as well as an eager prison escapee.
BANKSY DEPICTS THE QUEEN AS DAVID BOWIE
Hot off the heels of the Diamond Jubilee celebration, a black and white depiction of the Queen with a colorful blue and red lightning bolt across her face (very similar to David Bowie’s “Aladdin Sane” from the 70s) appears on Upper Mauldin St. near the Bristol Children’s Hospital stenciled by Banksy. So sick.
BANKSY’S NEW PAINTINGS
he ever elusive Banksy has recently updated his website with some striking new art.His five new paintings mix irony with an edge of socio-political awareness in typical Banksy-esque style. Banksy’s latest book, “Banksy: You Are an Acceptable Level of Threat,” will be released later this summer and is already available for pre-order.
BANKSY’S CARDINAL SIN SCULPTURE
Banksy just placed a new sculpture, Cardinal Sin, at Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, England. The piece, made in response to the child abuse scandals that the church seems to be known for these days, features a face taken off and replaced by blank bathroom tiles. The sculpture sits next to religious works dated from the 17th Century.
“I love everything about the Walker Gallery—the Old Masters, the contemporary art, the rude girl in the cafe. And when I found out Mr Walker built it with beer money it became my favourite gallery. The statue? I guess you could call it a Christmas present. At this time of year it’s easy to forget the true meaning of Christianity—the lies, the corruption, the abuse.”
The Antics Roadshow is an hour long documentary made by Banksy (produced for Channel 4), “charting the history of behaving badly in public, from anarchists and activists to attention seeking eccentrics”. Explaining his reasoning behind the show, Banksy said: ‘Basically I just thought it was a good name for a TV programme and I’ve been working back from there’. Narrated by Kathy Burke and produced by Jamie D’cruz, The Antics Roadshow examines the stories behind some of the most audacious stunts of recent times and what motivates the perpetrators, from mindless boredom to heartfelt political beliefs. Check out the full documentary after the click:
Banksy offers up a tribute to graffiti writer Tox in his latest piece. Tox, in case you’ve never looked out of a train window, is one of London’s most notorious taggers, and was recently convicted of criminal damage. Getting featured in a piece by Banksy will no doubt irk the authorities, raising his profile to new heights.