If You Don’t Mask, You Don’t Get by Banksy (https://www.banksy.co.uk/)
«A wall is a very big weapon. It's one of the nastiest things you can hit someone with»
As an unauthorized exposition by Banksy opened its doors this week in Palermo, we decided to take a look at the outstanding career of the artist and propose an excerpt of his career, works and humanitarian stance.
For the last decade, the artist has affirmed himself as one of the most famous street-artists in the world; initially active as a writer, he then adopted the stencil technique for his works, which appeared on the walls of many great cities around the world.
In a way, thanks to the medium's striking visual effect and the immediacy of the message present in his works, Banksy was able to bring the general public closer to the world of contemporary art.
The satirical nature of his works and the explicit decision to tackle arguments such as politics, culture and ethics have made him the perfect ambassador for social justice, often sparking large debates between the general public.
Banksy's work started in Bristol’s underground scene and was initially inspired by 3D, a graffiti artist who later became a founding member of the British musical group Massive Attack. Since then the artist has created some of the most talked about pieces around the world. Here we take a closer look at a couple of his pieces:
Banksy’s installation in Venice during the Biennale (https://www.artsy.net/news/artsy-editorial-banksy-crash-venice-biennale)
“Setting out my stall at the venice biennale [...] despite being the largest and most prestigious art event in the world, for some reason, I have never been invited”
A minute-long video documents a concealed man setting up a tableau of framed oil paintings on the streets of Venice, depicting a monstrous Cruise Ship, or Grande Nave, for years center of dispute between State and venetians.
The painting alludes to the controversies surrounding the cruise ships and over tourism plaguing Venice, a particularly difficult subject considering tourism is a major pillar of the city’s economy. Banksy’s instagram video culminates in his being told to leave the premises for lack of a permit, and as he wheels his cart away we see a cruise ship not unlike the one he painted looming in the canal behind him (https://www.artsy.net/news/artsy-editorial-banksy-crash-venice-biennale).
The M.V. Louise Michel (https://mvlouisemichel.org/)
Banksy’s latest endeavor, courtesy of the profit made from the “Love is in the Bin” shredded auction performance, is the acquisition and creation of a lifesaving boat, operative in the Medditerrenean waters.
On the official site of the M.V. Louise Michelle, name of the independent high speed lifeboat patrolling the troubled sea, Banksy states:It might seem incredible there is need for a homemade emergency vehicle in one of Europe’s busiest waterways, but there is. In response to the crisis on the Mediterranean, European states instruct their Coastguard not to answer distress calls from ‘non-Europeans’ leaving desperate people to drift helplessly at sea. To make matters worse, authorities prevent other boats from providing assistance, arresting crews and impounding boats that do.The Louise Michel is a former French Navy boat we’ve customised to perform search and rescue. She is as agile as she is pink. Measuring 30 meters in length and capable of over 28 knots. She was bought with proceeds from the sale of Banksy artwork - who then decorated her with a fire extinguisher. She is captained and crewed by a team of rescue professionals drawn from across Europe. She runs on a flat hierarchy and a vegan diet.
If You Don’t Mask, You Don’t Get, detail, Curtesy of Banksy (@banksy instagram)
One of Banksy’s most recent endeavours sees him walking into the London Underground disguised as an essential worker spraying down surfaces for safety, so that he could do An Art™️ about coronavirus.
On July 14, Banksy posted a video to Instagram showing him making the piece, which is called “If You Don’t Mask, You Don’t Get”, depicting the artist’s signature rats sneezing, playing with face masks and tagging Banksy’s name in “hand sanitizer.” As with other Banksy works, the message is quite clear: Respect lockdown measures and wear masks in public.
The Bansky Exhibition in Palermo: the themes and the works exhibited
Official poster of the exhibit ( https://excellencemagazine.luxury/2020/09/bansky-exhibition-in-palermo-ritratto-di-ignoto-lartista-chiamato-bansky/)
After the traveling exhibition that touched Palazzo Ducale in Genoa and Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara, the most famous street artist in the world is on display in Palermo in the Loggiato San Bartolomeo and Palazzo Trinacria.
The exhibition dedicated to the mysterious artist from Bristol, which will take place from 7 October 2020 to 17 January 2021, starts from the element of anonymity to build a narrative that looks at Sicilian heritage. Over 100 original pieces will give life to the Portrait of the “Ritratto di Ignoto. L’artista chiamato Banksy” (Unknown: The artist called Banksy).
These are freehand paintings from the very early period, the serigraphs that Banksy considers serial craftsmanship to spread his messages.