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Exhibition Containing Banksy's Best Work Is Coming To Australia

Exhibition Containing Banksy's Best Work Is Coming To Australia

The artist known as Banksy is one of the most mysterious celebrities of the 20th and 21st centuries.

The person has created poignant, interesting, thought-provoking and incredible works of art since the 1990s, which is often satirical in nature and really hits home for some people.

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Well, if you're a bit of a fan of the unknown artist and you live in Sydney, Australia, then you're in for a surprise.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

An exhibition carrying 80 of Banksy's best works is coming to the Land Down Under from September 13.

t's apparently an 'unauthorised' collection of everything from 'Girl With Red Balloon', 'Flower Thrower' and 'Rude Copper'.

The event page says: "THE ART OF BANKSY showcases 80 original works associated with, arguably, the most intriguing and talked-about artist in modern history.

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"These privately owned pieces of Banksy's works, include canvasses, screen-prints and sculptures.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"Whilst the touring exhibition is not authorised by Banksy, the show is curated by Steve Lazarides, the artist's former manager and photographer.

"On display will be works from 1997 to 2008, the period which resulted in Banksy's most recognizable and well-known works. Banksy, whose identity is the art world's biggest secret, is an enigmatic artist and world-recognised political activist.

"His graffiti-influenced stencil technique, often combined with anti-establishment slogans, is immediately recognisable and never fails to generate immediate attention and controversy."

Banksy certainly has courted controversy in the past with some of his bold designs.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

One of his best was actually a long time in the making.

The piece, a print of Banksy's 'Girl With Balloon', was being auctioned off at Sotheby's auction house in London and was sold for an eye-watering £1.1m - only to be shredded through the bottom of its frame.

This was no accident; Banksy had it all planned.

Along with a behind the scene video of the famous painting's frame being tampered with, he posted on Instagram: "A few years ago I secretly built a shredder into a painting in case it was ever put up for auction." The sneaky devil.

However, the buyer of the significant piece shouldn't be too devastated - it turns out the painting they paid over £1m for could now be worth over £2m due to its inevitable infamy off the back of the scheme.

So, despite the initial devastation the buyer must have felt it turned out to be a damn good investment - imagine that, you didn't just get a Banksy piece, but you got a Banksy piece pranked by the artist himself.

For more info about the Sydney exhibition, click here.

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Topics: Entertainment, Celebrity, Australia

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.

 

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