BANKSY The Unauthorised Retrospective Curated by Steve Lazarides

Kate Moss
signed, dated 05 and numbered AP/04;
signed by Kate Moss
screenprint on paper
70 by 70cm.; 27. by 27.in.

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Laughing All the Way to the Bank

Former agent trolls the infamous Bristolian with significant unauthorised exhibition...

I’m guessing you already know who Banksy is (or at least what the mysterious Bristolian does for a wheeze) so we’ll skip straight to the part where I tell you about the forthcoming show of his work. Banksy’s (former) chum Steve Lazarides was the artist’s partner in crime during the early days, and the latter has curated a whopping collection of early pieces that he believes were milestones in Banksy’s rise to his current status as a subversive superstar. Looking back after all these years, there’s a slight Munch’s The Scream or van Gogh’s The Starry Night to the icon-status some of these works have achieved.

More than 70 sculptures, paintings and prints has been gathered together in one of the largest Banksy exhibitions ever held, and they include works such as the ever-vigilant Avon and Somerset Constabulary from 2000 to the 2006 painting Guantanamo Bay. The even better news for would-be Banksy collectors is that the BANKSY The Unauthorised Retrospective at Sotheby’s S|2 gallery is a selling exhibition. You may be able to pick up a nice starter Banksy for about £4,000, but expect to be asked to part with more than half a million of your Sterling pounds for the more famous pieces. Lazarides himself confirms that Banksy, or at least his people, are not impressed – but there’s an interesting question to be raised about the Bristolian’s own desire to move into the gallery spectre and the wry paradox that this exhibition casts. 25 July is the closing date.

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BANKSY The Unauthorised Retrospective Curated by Steve Lazarides

Kissing Coppers
stencilled with artist’s name; signed and dated
26/FEB/05 on the stretcher
acrylic and spraypaint stencil on canvas
126.8 by 102cm.; 50 by 40⅛in.
This work is unique in its format.
EXHIBITED
Los Angeles, Barely Legal, 2006

BANKSY The Unauthorised Retrospective Curated by Steve Lazarides

Napalm (Can’t Beat That Feeling)
signed and dated October 2004 on the stretcher
oil and emulsion on canvas
91,5 by 91,5cm.; 36 by 36in.

BANKSY The Unauthorised Retrospective Curated by Steve Lazarides

Pulp Fiction
inscribed A/P Banksy
screenprint on paper
48.5 by 69.5cm.; 19 by 27⅜in.
Executed in 2004, this work is an artist’s proof aside
from an edition of 150.

BANKSY The Unauthorised Retrospective Curated by Steve Lazarides

Avon and Somerset Constabulary
stencilled with the artist’s name
acrylic and spraypaint stencil on canvas
61 by 61cm.; 24 by 24in.;
Executed in 2001,
this work is from an edition of 10.

BANKSY The Unauthorised Retrospective Curated by Steve Lazarides

Guantanamo Bay
signed; signed and dated 06 on the reverse
oil on canvas, in artist’s frame
canvas: 93 by 123cm.; 36. by 48.in.;
framed: 95.5 by 126.5cm.; 37. by 49.in.
EXHIBITED
London, Westbourne Grove, Crude Oils, 2005
Los Angeles, Barely Legal, 2006

BANKSY The Unauthorised Retrospective Curated by Steve Lazarides

Morons (Gold Frame)
signed, dated 06 and numbered 32/150
screenprint on paper
57 by 77cm.; 22. by 30.in.
The work is number 32 from an edition of 150.

BANKSY The Unauthorised Retrospective Curated by Steve Lazarides

Turf War
oil and emulsion on canvas
254 by 254cm.; 100 by 100in.
Executed in 2003, this work is unique.
EXHIBITED
London, Dalston, Turf War, 2003

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