Banksy

Beyond the traditional realm of the established art world and spawned from a movement that makes its own rules, Banksy is arguably the most famous, yet enigmatic artist, to dominate the contemporary world.

Banksy’s street art has appeared all over the world with humorous, politically-slanted and sometimes challenging works.

More than 80 original Banksy works

Over 30 forms of his artistic styles

 

Bringing the historic streets of London to the steps of a special exhibition hall, located in the Arena Herzliya, the exhibition will take visitors on a sort of journey, exploring the questionable genius of the world’s most infamous street artist with a retrospective of over 80 of the artist's off-street masterpieces.

Most famously known for his stenciling technique, Banksy’s artwork combines dark humour with underlying political messages and social themes, which have made him one of the biggest contemporary artists of our time.

Curated by the artist's former manager, Steve Lazarides, the exhibition presents the largest collection of Banksy artworks to reach Israeli shores, including the iconic ‘Girl with Balloon’, ‘Flag Wall’ and ‘Laugh Now’ pieces. The exhibition also includes three pieces that have never been publicly exhibited.

All pieces included in The Art of Banksy exhibition are original works and limited edition screen-prints by Banksy himself, which are all unique in their form.

 “This exhibition is a one off – never will you be able to see this amount of work in one place again. Once the show is over, the artwork will dissipate back to the other 40 collectors around the world, and the likelihood of them being brought together again in the future is very slim.”

– Steve Lazarides –

In 2006, at the age of 37, Steve Lazarides, the Bristol born gallery owner and self-made entrepreneur, launched his first gallery on Greek Street in the heart of London’s Soho. From the very beginning, Lazarides exhibited artwork inspired by the urban environment including work by the anonymous artist Banksy. He has since expanded his gallery empire with three additional spaces − two in London and one in Newcastle.

One of the strongest advocates of ”Outsider Art”, along with a keen eye for extreme talent, Lazarides represents some of the most innovative artists working today. In addition to the gallery’s permanent exhibition program, Lazarides has launched numerous shows at temporary spaces worldwide  which increase the global reach of his gallery and associated artists. The success of these shows has generated a broad interest in ‘street art’− giving birth to the current movement.

 “Contemporary art is about having a certain state of mind, not an age group or a wealth bracket or an art history degree. You are either open to new ideas  or you are not.”

– Steve Lazarides, The Times Online, 2009 –