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Banksy Comments On The New Basquiat Show With Brutally Ironic Graffiti

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Banksy Comments On The New Basquiat Show With Brutally Ironic Graffiti

As London prepared for its first major Basquiat exhibition this week, anonymous street artist Banksy executed two new pieces on the Barbican gallery walls. This was just one day before the show's opening and the pieces are scathingly ironic.

One piece depicts Basquiat begin frisked by cops. This piece was paired with the caption, "Portrait of Basquiat being welcomed by the Metropolitan Police – an (unofficial) collaboration with the new Basquiat show."

The other piece reveals a line of people waiting to pay for a ticket to ride a Basquiat-themed ferris wheel, an uncomfortable comparison to the ticketing system for the art show.

"Major new Basquiat show opens at the Barbican - a place that is normally very keen to clean any graffiti from its walls," Bansky writes of the ferris wheel piece.

The tone is ironic and scathing, yet we see Bansky's point: galleries are more accommodating toward unconventional art forms if it means selling a ticket. Hosting a major retrospective show is very lucrative.

Still no word on whether the gallery will keep Banksy's graffiti pieces up or have them removed.

Via Dezeen

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