Banksy - Contemporary Art Part II New York Thursday, November 13, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Lazarides Limited, London

  • Catalogue Essay

    The people who truly deface our neighborhoods are the companies that scrawl giant slogans across buildings and buses trying to make us feel in adequate unless we buy their stuff.  They expect to be able to shout their message in your face from every available surface but you're never allowed to answer back.  Well, they started the fight and the wall is the weapon of choice to answer back.
    Some people become cops because they want to make the world a better place.  Some people become vandals because they want to make the world a more beautiful place.
    Banksy, from Wall and Piece, London, 2006, p. 8

  • Artist Biography


    British • 1975 - N/A

    Anonymous street artist Banksy first turned to graffiti as a miserable fourteen year old disillusioned with school. Inspired by the thriving graffiti community in his home city, Bristol, Banksy's works began appearing on trains and walls in 1993, and by 2001 his blocky, spray-painted works had cropped up all over the United Kingdom. Typically crafting his images with spray paint and cardboard stencils, Banksy is able to achieve a meticulous level of detail. His aesthetic is clean and instantly readable due to his knack for reducing complex political and social statements to simple visual elements.

    His graffiti, paintings and screenprints use whimsy and humour to satirically critique war, capitalism, hypocrisy and greed — with not even the Royal family safe from his anti-establishment wit.

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Girl and Balloon

Spraypaint on canvas (in two parts).
30x60in (76.2x125.4 cm) overall.
"BANKSY" stenciled on the side edge of the right panel.  Signed and dated "Banksy 2006" on the reverse of the left panel.  Authenticated by Pest Control.

$100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for $158,500

Contemporary Art Part II

14 Nov 2008, 10am & 2pm
New York