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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

    Banksy

    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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Girl and Balloon

2006
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.

Estimate
$100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for $158,500

Contemporary Art Part II

14 Nov 2008, 10am & 2pm
New York