Monthly Archives: January 2010

  • Banksy Film Unveiled at Sundance Festival

    The infamous street artist Banksy, known world over for his overt and very witty political and social commentaries has turned is hand to filmmaking. ‘Exit Through The Gift Shop’ will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday 24th January. The film is a collaboration b....
    The infamous street artist Banksy, known world over for his overt and very witty political and social commentaries has turned is hand to filmmaking. ‘Exit Through The Gift Shop’ will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday 24th January. The film is a collaboration between Banksy and French filmaker Thierry Guetta AKA the artist Mr Brainwash. It will be the first time the elusive artist, who has never revealed his identity, has spoken on camera. The film is billed as "the world's first street art disaster movie" and its inclusion in the festival has been shrouded in secrecy. View a trailer of the movie on YouTube. The film was actually left off the official programme, but speculation about the festival's Spotlight Surprise turned to Banksy after four stencils, believed to be by the artist, appeared on walls in Park City, where the festival is held. Aside from Park City Banksy has also been very busy in London where four new stencils also appeared. Activity from Banksy usually spells some interesting activity is just round the corner and this is one thing many street art fans will be waiting for with baited breath. Banksy is known for teasing his audience, toying with authority, and continually pulling the wool over people's eyes to stage unexpected stunts. It is described as the story of how a documentary filmmaker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on him. Banksy said: "It's the story of how one man set out to film the un-filmable. And failed". The film contains exclusive footage of Banksy, and many of the world's most infamous graffiti artists at work including Banksy’s American counterpart Obey. But until the film is shown, it is not known whether Banksy's identity will be revealed. In the past, the artist has both mythologised and subverted his own image, so the film could raise as many questions as it answers. The director of the Sundance Festival has said that the story was so bizarre he questioned whether it could be real. "Exit Through The Gift Shop is one of those films that comes along once in a great while, a warped hybrid of reality and self-induced fiction while at the same time a totally entertaining experience," he added. Exit Through The Gift Shop is due to open in UK cinemas on 5 March. If you are interested in Banksy and would like to know further information or to enquire about other works and artists we have in the gallery call +44 (0)20 7240 7909 or email soho@artrepublic.com Return to our London section $test =
  • New Banksy's in London

    Street art legend Banksy has recently unveiled three new street pieces in Regents Canal North London, one of which has sparked a tit-for-tat feud with hugely respected graffiti writer Robbo. The dispute between the two artists has arisen....
    Street art legend Banksy has recently unveiled three new street pieces in Regents Canal North London, one of which has sparked a tit-for-tat feud with hugely respected graffiti writer Robbo. The dispute between the two artists has arisen from Banksy painting over a street mural produced by Robbo in 1985.  The painting over of other street artists work is very much frowned upon within the street art community and is seen as the ultimate mark of disrespect. Banksy addition to Robbo’s mural is typical of his style mixing stencil art and perfect placement with his famous sense of humour., however this piece in it new format has not lasted long with Robbo retaliating immediately and spraying his name in 3ft letters over the exposed part of his original work. Banksy is no stranger to having his street work ruined with many of his street masterpieces tagged over by other artist and several being removed from the walls they were painted on and sold onto collectors. With this high profile feud still on going this will definitely be a piece worth keeping an eye on. $test =
  • Winter Wonderland at artrepublic

    If you can’t go out, won’t go out or would just prefer to stay warm, fear not because for this week the gallery will come to you. Here’s the best of what’s inside the gallery right now... The weather may be somewhat on the wintery side at current, but if you have been forced to stay at h....
    If you can’t go out, won’t go out or would just prefer to stay warm, fear not because for this week the gallery will come to you. Here’s the best of what’s inside the gallery right now... The weather may be somewhat on the wintery side at current, but if you have been forced to stay at home or stuck at work the suffering need not go on. A cracking art purchase can cheer anyone up. The pick of what’s hanging up right now is below... Dan Baldwin – ‘Half Way Between The Gates of Hell and the Garden of Eden’ Possibly the worlds longest ever title for a print, but so worth the effort to say. A really great print from Baldwin that increasingly grows on you the more you look at it. Released to coincide with his recent Los Angeles exhibition this piece is the last one our London gallery has. Been very popular it is a signed edition of 50. Beejoir – ‘Oil Cans’ Simple and seriously effective. Beejoir returns to the foray with a great print release: the ‘Oil Cans’. Originally a series of 10 prints, currently in our London gallery we have just three remaining. All beautifully framed in a contemporary aluminium box frames. These are very well executed editions in great colours. Static – ‘Luxury Vandals’ This print series has proven so very popular. We have one remaining print with the white background and pink lettering. A small signed edition of only 40, this print hanging on your wall will cheer you up no end. Static are definitely the artists to keep an eye at the moment. Banksy At current we have a few editions by the anonymous art star that is Banksy. If you don’t own one and love his work, we couldn’t recommend anything more highly. A beautiful thing to have at home and all Banksy’s come with a guarantee to make you feel very proud upon every viewing! These pieces are just a snippet of what we have available right now in the gallery. A further selection of unframed and framed works include: Blek le Rat, C215, Damien Hirst, Pure Evil, RYCA, Peter Blake, Kozyndan, Modern Toss, Antony Micallef, Hush, Nick Walker…the list goes on!  If you are interested in any of the pieces mentioned and would like to know further information or to enquire about the works and artists we have in the gallery call +44 (0)20 7240 7909 or email soho@artrepublic.com Return to our London section $test =
  • Pure Evil, Inkie and Static give their insight into Street Art

    artrepublic recently caught up with Pure Evil, Inkie and Static, three judges of our Street Art Competition, to gain an insight into street art and what they are looking for from the entries. Ben Eine will also be judging entries to the competition which closes on Friday 8th January 2010. ....
    artrepublic recently caught up with Pure Evil, Inkie and Static, three judges of our Street Art Competition, to gain an insight into street art and what they are looking for from the entries. Ben Eine will also be judging entries to the competition which closes on Friday 8th January 2010. View the interviews on YouTube Find out more about our Street Art Competition $test =

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