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New Entrance Drives Attendance at V&A Museum

July 19th, 2018

Victoria and Albert Museum, via Victoria and Albert MuseumA new entrance at the V&A Museum in London has led to a spike in attendance, moving against wider trends in the UK. “All the data we have shows that it is much more attractive to non-traditional museum-goers,” says museum director Tristram Hunt. “It is less, frankly, scary.”
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Creative Time Announces Lineup for Eleventh Annual Creative Time Summit

July 17th, 2018

Creative Time Gala Honoring Julian Schnabel At Domino Sugar Factory 52Creative Time has announced the lineup for the eleventh edition of the Creative Time Summit, which will set up shop in Miami this year from November 1-3.  “Fifty years after the upheavals of 1968, we continue to grapple with a host of pressing issues, from the ongoing legacies of colonialism to climate change and xenophobia,” says Creative Time executive director Justine Ludwig.  “There’s no better place for this conversation than Miami, a home to so many incredible artists, activists, and thinkers. We couldn’t be prouder to host the summit here, or of the participants and the invaluable insights they’ll be bringing to bear on some of the most critical issues of our time.”
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New York Museums to Grant Free Admission for Library Card Holders

July 17th, 2018

Guggenheim, via NYTA new initiative by New York’s library systems will grant free access to a range of NYC institutions with a library card, the New York Times reports. “Some people are intimidated by museums,” says Linda Johnson, president of the Brooklyn Public Library, said in a phone interview. “They shouldn’t be shut out of all the wonderful cultural offerings that are available to New York City dwellers.”
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Banksy


Always Hope, Banksy, via Banksy Official Website

Details of Banksy’s life remain to be completely confirmed – though exhaustive efforts have been undertaken by various sources to nail down this street artist’s identity. What is certain is that Banksy was born and raised in England, has worked with various crews of grafitti artists since he was a teen, and currently maintains, paradoxically, a high-status anonymity in both the art world and the public’s imagination.


Flower, pictured here with construction workers, Banksy, via Banksy Official Website

In an effort to dodge street police, Banksy adopted innovative stencils to create his now-signature works. They allowed for much faster application on public surfaces that have included the walls of zoos, hospitals, tunnels, and otherwise unremarkable locales. However in recent years, he has also traveled around the world, gaining international attention with tags in various countries, including the controversial West Bank territory.


Have a Nice Day, political image using iconic smiley face, Banksy, via Banksy Official Website

His work incorporates satire, images of animals, small children, British references of Royal Guards and Queen Victoria, anti-war messages, riffs on classic paintings, etc. Sneaking into famous museums like the Metropolitan in New York and the Louvre in Paris to personally hang up his works is one well-known Banksy stunt.


Maid, Banksy, with his wall-exposing illusion,  via Datscool

Banksy has, however, had gallery showings of his work, and the artist has taken on commercial projects, like the design of Blur’s album cover. Celebrities such as Christina Aguilera and Angelina Jolie have purchased his pieces for sums of up to approximately $500,000, while other works consistently sell at high prices through venues, including Sotheby’s. His art has accumulated so much value that owners of walls with his graffiti have actually auctioned them off to the highest bidder.


Image of rat found in Austria, Banksy, via Graffiti


Monkey image with the artist’s signature in the corner, Banksy, via Daily Mail

Regardless of Banksy’s much-contested value as an artist, his influence on the boom of street art in both the fine arts market and contemporary culture cannot be denied. The artist displays his drawings and “indoor” works on his website, Banksy.co.uk, and also offers published books of his art.


Queen Victoria canvas, Banksy, purchased by Christina Aguilera, via Luxist


Pissing Guard, in England, Banksy via Current

Banksy Books: