The sequence lasts a little over three minutes. Banksy, with his back to the camera – to keep his identity a secret – gets out of his ramshackle motorhome with paint cans hidden in a cooler. In the small town of Lowestoft, in broad daylight and in plain sight, he stencils a graph on the beach wall. After his passage, he leaves a rat, his favorite animal, sipping a cocktail in a deckchair.
Another strong image among the nine new works he claims, three children sitting in a boat on a wall in Nicholas Everitt Park. Above them, the message “we are all in the same boat” is sprayed, referring to the refugee crisis and global warming. Other graffiti can be seen in the towns of King’s Lynn or Great Yarmouth and its miniature village.
>> To see, the Instagram video of Banksy and his motorhome, released last August:
Although his works have always carried a strong message, Banksy has clearly affirmed his political commitment in recent years. In 2017, he opened a museum-hotel in Bethlehem, the Walled Off Hotel, a provocative installation whose windows overlook the separation wall built by Israel in the occupied West Bank. In August 2020, he financed a ship to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean, and he affirmed his opposition to Brexit and the radical discourse of the Islamists. More recently, in March 2021, he auctioned off one of his works and raised more than 21 million francs for the British health service.
Like Pablo Picasso, who inspired several works by Banksy, the latter enjoys enormous popularity. Each new appearance of a work by the British artist triggers a global media outcry.
A dog walks past Banksy’s graffiti on a wall at Lowestoft beach. [JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP]
Determined to keep his identity a secret, Banksy leaves no detail to chance. Surrounded by an army of lawyers, he has nondisclosure agreements signed by anyone collaborating on his projects. The cult of mystery is therefore perfectly well maintained.
Banksy’s anonymity is therefore one of the ingredients of his notoriety, but dissonant voices are starting to rise. Beyond the media buzz, what will be Banksy’s legacy? A global advertising campaign? Art? No matter. His graffiti amaze and continue to amaze passers-by in the streets displaying his stencils around the world.
A painting by Banksy, whose partial self-destruction at its sale in 2018 had caused amazement around the world, will be offered for auction again on October 14 in London, Sotheby’s announced on Friday.
The painting “Love is in the trash” by Banksy, which self-destroyed at a Sotheby’s auction in 2018. [Alberto Pezzali / NurPhoto – AFP] “La Fille au ballon”, renamed “L ‘ love is in the bin “(” Love is in the Bin “), is estimated between 4.6 and 7 million euros, the auction house said in a statement. The expected price, which may be exceeded, is four to six times higher than the original sale to an anonymous collector, who is preparing to carry out a very good transaction.
At the time, just after its acquisition, a crusher hidden in the frame had torn the lower half of the canvas to shreds, which shows a little girl releasing a red heart-shaped balloon, only showing the balloon on a white background. .
With this resounding action, which had caused an earthquake in the art world, the mysterious street artist aimed to denounce the “commodification” of the art market.