Banksy is the world’s most discussed artist of recent decades, and this seminal collection features hundreds of works including Girl with Balloon, Pulp Fiction, Love Is in the Air, Barcode, and Monkey Queen. It also includes scores of paintings, serigraphs, stencils, and installation objects as well as a selection of memorabilia—many of which have never been published previously. Created with the cooperation of Pest Control, the group that manages all things Banksy, this is as official and authorized as any Banksy publication could be.
Banksy is the world’s greatest practitioner of street art. His work has always been political, involving pointed critiques of inequality, injustice, consumerism, and the establishment, yet no one knows his identity. He is an exemplary case of fame and notoriety built upon absence and anonymity. His relationship with the art market is also complex: marked by mocking hostility while being one of the most marketable and most collected contemporary artists.
About The Author
Stefano Antonelli curated Europe’s first major Banksy exhibition at the Fondazione Roma Museo. He also collaborates with institutions such as Luiss Guido Carli, La Sapienza, Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome (MACRO), and PAC in Milan. Gianluca Marziani is a curator of contemporary art shows that have appeared at the Festival dei Due Mondi di Spoleto, the Palazzo Collicola Arti Visive, and the 2011 Venice Biennale.
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