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Flooding Swamps Venice, Including Banksy Creation

Forecast calls for waters to recede this weekend

(Newser) - A state of emergency has been declared in Venice, where basillicas, squares and Banksy artwork are underwater. The historic city is dealing with its worst flooding in more than 50 years, Sky News reports. Italy's government declared the emergency Thursday. "It hurts to see the city so damaged,... More »

Banksy: This Is Me Getting Booted From Venice Exhibit

No permit, no Biennale display

(Newser) - Banksy claims he showed up to "the largest and most prestigious art event in the world" and was abruptly kicked out. An Instagram video shared by the British street artist's account Wednesday shows a man—whose face is never seen—setting up a collage of nine oil paintings... More »

Banksy's Self-Shredding Painting Is Altered

Germany's Frieder Burda Museum isn't taking any chances

(Newser) - The first museum to display Banksy's partially shredded canvas has deactivated its self-destructing frame to ensure "Love Is in the Bin" isn't actually thrown in the bin. "We opened up the frame and found the shredder machinery, the battery holders, the wires and satisfied ourselves that... More »

Banksy Video: My Famous Shredder Malfunctioned

New video suggests painting was supposed to be fully destroyed

(Newser) - It looks like Bansky's shredding stunt at a London auction house might be the most lucrative paper jam in history. A new video from the artist suggests that a hidden shredder was supposed to destroy the entire painting, not leave it partially intact, reports CNN . "In rehearsals it... More »

Sale Is Still On for Banksy Painting That Self-Destructed

Buyer says she will 'end up with my own piece of art history'

(Newser) - The winning bidder for a Banksy painting that self-destructed during an auction last week has decided to go through with the purchase, auctioneer Sotheby's said Thursday. The auction house said a female European collector was the successful bidder, agreeing to pay $1.4 million for "Girl With Balloon.... More »

Banksy's Latest Stunt May Have Ironic Result

Shredding of print likely increased its value

(Newser) - "We've just been Banksy'ed." So declared Sotheby's of London on Friday after a bizarre stunt apparently pulled off by the elusive artist himself—one of his prints shredded itself just after being sold at auction for $1.4 million. Banksy has since revealed how the... More »

Sotheby's After $1.1M Sale: 'We've Just Been Banksy'ed'

Auctioned painting self-destructed soon after sale went through

(Newser) - Newsweek is saying it could be Banksy's "most jaw-dropping trick yet," and it would be hard to find anyone who disagrees. It happened Friday night at a Sotheby's auction in London, when the enigmatic street artist's 2006 Girl With Balloon painting was sold off... More »

Banksy's Latest Stunt Could Bring Election Legal Woes

Artist says he'll send free print to anyone who proves they didn't vote Tory in UK election

(Newser) - The UK's general election is set for June 8 , and the conservative Tories continue to lead in the polls , to varying degrees. One Bristol native, however, is hoping voters cast a ballot for anyone but, and his name is making headlines for how he's making that desire known.... More »

Banksy Unveils His Latest Mural

This time, he's not happy with Brexit

(Newser) - Banksy has let the world know his take on Britain's decision to leave the European Union: The street artist has created a large mural in the British port of Dover showing a workman chipping away one of the 12 stars on the EU flag, per the AP . His representatives... More »

Hotel Offers 'Worst View' Outside, Banksy Inside

You can sleep under his artwork in West Bank Hotel

(Newser) - A Palestinian guest house packed with artwork of the elusive British graffiti artist Banksy unveiled itself Friday in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. The nine-room establishment named "The Walled Off Hotel" will officially open on March 11, but reporters got an advance tour, per the AP . The hotel,... More »

Geographic Profiling Backs Theory on Identity of Banksy

Robin Gunningham appears to be artist's real name

(Newser) - His name is Robin Gunningham. That's the finding of British scientists who think they've confirmed the identity of Banksy using geographic profiling, the BBC reports. In the study published in the Journal of Spatial Science (one that was temporarily delayed by the artist's lawyers because he apparently... More »

Banksy's Newest Target: Tear Gas Used on Refugees

London mural takes shot at tactics allegedly used on refugees in France

(Newser) - Two giant sheets of plywood now cover Banksy's latest mural opposite the French embassy in London—though developers of the building it's spray-painted on say they're trying to keep it safe, the BBC reports. Never one to shy away from controversy, the artist borrowed the girl who... More »

France Vows to Protect Banksy's Steve Jobs Migrant Mural

Artist put it up at refugee camp in Calais

(Newser) - Banksy's latest high-profile mural makes a point about the plight of Syrian refugees though the example of Steve Jobs—and authorities in France are making sure the mural sticks around for a while. The artist painted a life-size mural of Jobs, whose biological father was a Syrian native, at... More »

The Unhappiest Place on Earth: Banksy's Dismaland

Artist calls his creation 'a festival of art, amusements, and entry-level anarchism'

(Newser) - Cinderella's carriage has crashed, she and the horses are dead, and the paparazzi are hovering over their bodies, snapping away. That's just one attraction in Dismaland , the new Banksy art show in the English resort town of Weston-super-Mare, the Guardian reports. Nearly 60 artists built what Banksy calls... More »

How Banksy Sneaked Into the Gaza Strip

Local resident reports meeting male artist in his 30s

(Newser) - The work of mysterious British graffiti artist Banksy has made an appearance in the Gaza Strip, and a publicist has confirmed to the AP that the artist reached the area through a tunnel; apparently, he sneaked in from Egypt. Local residents were skeptical about this account since Egypt has stepped... More »

New Banksy Murals Turn Up in Gaza Strip

Artist also posts satirical travel video

(Newser) - Banksy's new venue is the Gaza Strip. The artist posted a satirical travel video inviting the world to visit Gaza to see all it has to offer, using images of its destruction to make the point, reports the Daily Dot . "The locals like it so much they never... More »

Why Banksy Might Be a Woman

Kriston Capps at Citylab makes her case

(Newser) - An upcoming HBO documentary about the ever-elusive street artist Banksy is worthwhile for fans, but "it doesn't cast a light on who Banksy is or what she looks like," writes Kriston Capps at Citylab . That's right, what she looks like. For a variety of reasons, Capps... More »

Vandal Hits 2 Banksy Pieces in Utah

One is covered in spray paint in Park City, site of Sundance festival

(Newser) - Someone who is apparently not a fan of Banksy spray-painted over one of the artist's works in the Utah city that hosts the Sundance Film Festival, reports the Deseret News . Police in Park City suspect the same vandal tried to deface a second Banksy work but succeeded only in... More »

Banksy's LA Gas Station Art Goes for $209K

Station owner removed section of wall containing piece

(Newser) - In 2008, a Los Angeles gas station owner told some street artists they could paint on his wall; now, the Banksy painting—called "Flower Girl"—has sold at auction for $209,000. The 9-foot by 8-foot image features a child with a flower basket being watched by a... More »

Banksy Alters Painting for Charity; Now at $220K

He bought it for $50 at a New York City thrift shop, donated it back

(Newser) - The secretive graffiti artist Banksy is at it again. After buying a painting of a pastoral scene for $50, Banksy donated it back to the New York City thrift shop where he bought it yesterday—but only after reworking it by adding a Nazi soldier to the scene. The 23rd... More »

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