The Art of Banksy
Melbourne, the art and culture capital of Australia, is lucky enough to have some of the world’s most (in)famous artworks pay a visit this October. British street artist and international man of mystery Banksy has a retrospective exhibition opening from the 7th of October until the end of January next year.
The Art of Banksy Exhibition
7 October 2016 – 22 January 2017
The Paddock, Federation Square
Strangely, this exhibition was not curated by Banksy nor even put forward by him. The man behind it, Banksy’s ex-manager Steve Lazarides, is actually hoping the event will greatly annoy the artist.
This exhibition has a few quirks. Aside from the fact that it doesn’t have the artist’s blessing, it is located in a car park behind Federation Square and will house DJ’s, food trucks and other local street artists artworks. Lazarides is well placed to bring the 80 works to Australia; he owns a gallery in London, has worked with Banksy for a number of years and is one of the few in the world who knows the artists true identity, something that he has kept well secret. Banksy’s unique combination of political activism, dark humour and stencilling technique will be on display in the form of original works and limited edition screen prints. This exhibition is the largest Banksy exhibition to hit Australia’s shores and is a perfect way to spend a spring afternoon in Melbourne.