London’s Lazinc Gallery is bringing all of Bansky’s work all in one place for the first time. “Banksy Greatest Hits: 2002-2008” opens July 12 and runs through August 25. The exhibition will display everything from stenciled canvases, to unique paintings, to limited-edition prints and many more. The unique collection will reaffirm how relevant the anonymous artist’s social and political comments are in today’s world, whilst letting art enthusiasts view works they may have never known existed.
Banksy is an anonymous graffiti artist from Bristol, who uses subversive epigrams and dark humor to provide political and social commentary on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world. Banksy’s work grew out of the Bristol underground scene, which involved collaborations between artists and musicians.
Lazinc’s link to Banksy started with co-founder Steve Lazarides, who met the anonymous artist in 1997 when he took his portrait for Sleaze Nation magazine. Soon after, Steve Lazarides was Banksy’s official photographer and gallerist. Together they staged some of Banksy’s most well-known exhibitions such as Crude Oil, Barely Legal and Turf War. Although the pair parted ways in 2008, Lazinc continues to champion the secondary-market when it comes to Banksy Originals and Prints.
Notable pieces in the Lazinc show will include: Love Is In The Air (2006), which was the front cover of Banksy’s personal manifesto Wall and Piece which sold 1.5M copies; Girl and Balloon (2006), voted as the nation’s favorite art work in 2017; and Show Me the Monet (2005), a subversive take on Claude Monet’s Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lilies (1899). There are no literal street pieces in the collection and all works were commercially acquired by their owners.
Though not every piece is up for sale, three paintings priced between $660K and $2.5M sold within 24 hours of the show opening to VIPs. Banksy’s auction record currently stands at $1.9M for a spot painting by Damien Hirst that the street artist stenciled over, which was sold at Sotheby's New York in 2008.