When you grow up near Bristol like I did, you can’t really escape the paint-stained spectre that is Banksy. In fact, you won’t really be able to do that in London this summer, as a big art exhibition dedicated to the artist has just opened in the capital. The Art of Banksy, which has pitched up in Covent Garden today, is set to be the largest touring exhibition of Banksy’s artworks, and tickets are still available.
In an actually very Banksy-esque move, this exhibition is completely unauthorised, with absolutely no blessing from the artist. As a result, the producers have collected the largest collection of privately-owned Banksy art possible, with ‘Girl and Balloon’ being perhaps the most famous piece assembled. The Art of Banksy displays prints, canvasses, sculptures, and more, covering a period from 1997 to 2008, and features some of the artists’ lesser-known works for a bit of variety.
Surprisingly, given London’s own connection with Banksy, we’re one of the later cities to get the exhibition, which has already visited the likes of Toronto, Miami, Sydney, Melbourne, Tel Aviv, and Auckland. (We’ll try not to take that personally.) Organisers claim that 750,000 people have already seen the travelling show, which will be stripped down and returned to the 40 different collectors who’ve loaned their artwork once the run is over. You’ll find it in a vast warehouse on Covent Garden’s Earlham Street, with the exhibition set to run until November 2021. Go forth and enjoy the art!
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