Beverly Hils, California
Banky's "Flower Girl" mural is to be sold at an auction in Beverly Hills this month, along with four earlier works. The piece, wich appeared on a Los Angeles gas station wall in 2008, is expected to go for $300,000. The final price, though, could be much more. Another mural by the British artist, "Slave Labour", found behind a shop in London, sold recently for 750,000 pounds.
COMMENT: Banksy is a pseudonymous United Kingdom-based, graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter.
His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humour with graffiti executed in a distinctive stencilling technique. Such artistic works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world
Asked about his technique, Banksy said:
Peter Gibson, a spokesman for Keep Britain Kiddy , asserts that Banksy's work is simple vandalism, and Diane Shakespeare, an official for the same organisation, was quoted as saying: "We are concerned that Banksy's street art glorifies what is essentially vandalism."In his column for The Guardian, satirist Charlie Brooker wrote of Banksy "…his work looks dazzlingly clever to idiots."I use whatever it takes. Sometimes that just means drawing a moustache on a girl's face on some billboard, sometimes that means sweating for days over an intricate drawing. Efficiency is the key.
A mural taken from the side of a Hollywood gas station by famed street artist Banksy has fetched more than $200,000 at a Beverly Hills auction.
The 9-by-8 foot artwork titled "Flower Girl" sold for $209,000 at Julien's Beverly Hills Gallery on Thursday. The winning bid came from a Los Angeles buyer who requested anonymity.
The mural shows a little girl holding a flower basket under a surveillance camera planted atop a tall stalk. The work was painstakingly removed from its original location and placed in an aluminum frame.
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What's the headline? "Banky for sale"
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Can you explain it in your own words? Banky is a famous graffiti artist wich is famous for the style of graffiti that he paints. One of the most famous works is "The Flower Gril (mural)". He finally sold it for $ 300.000.
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1. Fech: anar a buscar
2. Surveillance: vigilància
3. Atop: a sobre
Why is it relevant to you? Because is different from the other artists, and he paint diferent and ironic themes for each work.
How is this connected with other news that have an impact on our world? Because he paints ironic themes of reality and he criticizes society.