Posted: September 28th, 2014 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: ART, Art News, Artist, Banksy, Painter | Tags: Banksy, Racist, Street Art | Comments Off on Banksy Mural Removed for Being ‘Racist’ and ‘Offensive’
A local council has removed a mural by British artist Banksy following a complaint it was racist. The depiction on a wall in the seaside town of Clacton in south-east England showed a group of pigeons holding signs stating “migrants not welcome” and “go back to Africa” directed at a small green bird.
Tendring District Council said it received a complaint that the artwork was “racist” and “offensive” and had removed it, unaware that it was thought to be by Banksy. The controversy emerged a week before voters in the area decide whether to elect Britain’s first MP from a party opposing mass immigration :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: October 29th, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: ART, Art News, Artist, Banksy, Painter | Tags: Banksy, New York Art Auction, Street Art | Comments Off on Banksy Adds Nazi to New York Charity Shop Painting
An oil painting that was altered by British artist Banksy then donated to a New York charity shop looks set to raise thousands of dollars for HIV patients and the homeless. Banksy bought the painting and gave it back to the same shop, run by Housing Works in Gramercy Park, after adding a Nazi soldier to the landscape.
An online bidding war is now underway for the painting which some say could fetch close to $1 million.
Housing Works, which provides services to the homeless and people with HIV and AIDS, said all money raised will go to its charity programs. It is the latest stunt in the famously anonymous artist’s month-long pop-up exhibition on the streets of the US city which has attracted both praise and criticism.
Banksy renamed the picture, The banality of the Banality of Evil, and under the signature of the original artist, K. Sager, he added his own Banksy-style flourish :: Read the full article »»»»