By Cicero A. Estrella
You can’t have a Banksy exhibit without a little mystery.
The Art of Banksy, the largest exhibition of authentic work from the enigmatic artist, is coming to San Francisco later this year. As of right now, the venue has not yet been disclosed.
The exhibit will feature more than 80 authenticated and certified original artworks that are rarely made available to the public. Banksy, whose identity is the art world’s biggest secret, did not authorize the exhibit, which is sourced from private collections that otherwise would stay locked away and hidden in private homes or warehouses.
“Flower Thrower,” “Rude Copper” and “Girl With Balloon”—among Banksy’s most recognizable masterpieces—will be among the exhibit’s highlights.
“We are thrilled to bring this one-of-a-kind exhibition to San Francisco,” Corey Ross, president and CEO of Starvox Exhibits, said. “This will be a rare opportunity to see over 80 of Banksy’s original works under one roof. Once the exhibition ends, the artwork will be returned to art collectors around the world, and the chances they will be displayed together again in the future are extremely slim.”
In addition to his art, Banksy is also recognized as a political activist. His graffiti-influenced stencil technique is often combined with anti-establishment slogans, and have been seen on city walls, bridges and streets around the world.
The Art of Banksy has had runs in Melbourne, Amsterdam, Tel Aviv, Auckland, London and Toronto, and has been attended by more than 750,000 people.
It will make its San Francisco debut on Nov. 22. Tickets are now available for purchase at banksyexibit.com or by calling 844.871.1358. They start at $39.99 ($29.99 for children 16 and younger), with VIP, timed and flexible ticket options available.
Photos courtesy of the “The Art of Banksy“