in association with Auckland Live
5 JAN - 6 FEB
10 - 5 DAILY
Bringing the iconic artist of Bristol to the centre of Auckland, the exhibition takes visitors on journey, exploring the questionable genius of the world’s most infamous street artist with a retrospective of over 80 of the artists’ off-street masterpieces.
Most famously known for his stencilling 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.
"IT'S AN EXPERIENCE YOU SHOULDN'T MISS"
- Hello Amsterdam
"Banksy is the most exciting artist to come out of the UK for more than a decade - or so many people on both sides of the Atlantic will tell you. But is he really so much more than a prankster with a spray can?"
The Guardian (UK)
"When Time magazine selected the British artist Banksy—graffiti master, painter, activist, filmmaker and all-purpose provocateur—for its list of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2010, he found himself in the company of Barack Obama, Steve Jobs and Lady Gaga. He supplied a picture of himself with a paper bag (recyclable, naturally) over his head."
The Smithsonian Magazine (USA)
"I met Banksy years ago and made the mistake of not buying art from him."
Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Bono commissioned Banksy to paint a piece titled Sweeping it Under the Carpet. The painting "can be seen as a metaphor for the West's reluctance to tackle issues such as AIDS in Africa."
Bono, guest editor at The Independent (UK)
"The strength of Banksy’s work lies in the fact that, even in a museum environment, his messages are direct enough to reach anyone on the street."
Art in America
"I would certainly recommend the exhibition, and I commend the curators on putting together an insightful yet entertaining display."
"It is excellent and I loved it. So many contemporary art exhibitions seem glib in their politics, unimpassioned in their stance, but here Banksy has harnessed his most potent image-making skills to convey a deadly serious message."
The Telegraph (UK)