Twenty years of painting practice will finally be put to good use today when I paint kids’ faces during the fall festival at my daughter’s school. She nixed the idea of painting the kids to look like famous artwork (a Morandi still life, Picasso’s “Weeping Woman,” Ellsworth Kelly’s “Falcon,” etc.) and suggested I practice making … read more… “Performance project: Face painting”
In The Independent, Charles Darwent reports that on Tuesday, a sale of urban art will be held at the Bond Street auction rooms of Bonhams. Along with a number of Banksys, this sale will include works by Paul Insect, D*Face, Invader, Toxic and Cyclops. “There will be no walls for sale, though, nor Tube carriages … read more… “Domesticated street art for sale at Bonhams”
BBC News reports that online bidding for a wall painted on by graffiti artist Banksy has closed with a final bid of £208,100. However, neither auction site eBay nor seller Luti Fagbenle has confirmed if the bid has been accepted. The painting is on a wall on the side of a media production firm’s base … read more… “Brick Banksy on eBay”
“Warhol Vs Banksy,” The Hospital, London. Through Sept. 1. Louise Jury in the Evening Standard reports: “Duncan Cargill, The Hospital’s creative director, said: ‘Implicitly, Warhol is defending his title, but Banksy makes for a formidable challenger as he has received maximum exposure since 2000. As soon as we announced we were going to do this … read more… “Warhol vs. Banksy: celebrity, satire and voyeurism”
Guardian art critic Jonathan Jones: “Banksy has achieved something original, something uniquely of our time: found a visual style for self-congratulatory smugness and given a look to well-heeled soi-disant radicalism. So that’s who likes him: self-proclaimed enemies of the state, fermenting in their own self-righteousness.” Read more.