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  • Provenance

    WUK Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna
    Private Collection, Vienne (acquired from the above in 2003)
    Sotheby's, London, 9 March 2017, lot 243
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Vienna, WUK Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Bad Press, 26 June - 26 July 2003 (exhibited)

  • Artist Biography


    British • 1974

    Anonymous street artist Banksy first turned to graffiti as a disillusioned youth. Inspired by the thriving graffiti community in his home city, Bristol, Banksy's works began appearing on trains and city streets in 1993, and by 2001, his signature, stenciled works had cropped up across the United Kingdom. Typically crafting his images with spray paint and cardboard stencils, Banksy is able to achieve a meticulous level of detail. His clean and immediately comprehensible aesthetic is a result of his unique ability to distill complex political and social statements into simple visual elements.  

    Through whimsy and humor, his graffiti works, paintings, and screenprints satirically critique war, capitalism, hypocrisy and greed. His anti-establishment wit has had an undeniable impact on today’s contemporary street culture.

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Smiling Copper

stencil spray paints and acrylic on corrugated cardboard
200 x 78 cm (78 3/4 x 30 3/4 in.)
Executed in 2003, this work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by Pest Control.

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Banksy: Authentic Rebel

Taipei Exhibition 16 March - 24 March 2019