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Morons Sepia by Banksy

Zebra One

Screenprint in colours


Edition Size: 300

Dimensions: 56×76 cm


Condition: Pristine

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For every art movement in the past century, there has been one exhibition that changed it up; one show that that has opened the doors of interest from critics, collectors, and imitators.

For Pop Art,In this case, a supermarket. Not just any supermarket, but The American Supermarket exhibit in NYC of October 1964.Held by Paul Bianchini, pop art dealer at the Bianchini Gallery, the show presented a typical U.S. supermarket, except that everything inside—from the produce, canned goods, meat, posters on the wall, and more—was created by six prominent pop artists of the time, A collaboration between Pop artists, including Warhol, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Richard Artschwager and Robert Watts, it sold fake goods, at rather inflated prices, in a stylised supermarket setting,

For contemporary installation art, it was the Young British Artists shows, The YBAs were a loose and disparate group, very much associated with London in the 1990s and the period of increased pride in popular British culture dubbed “Cool Britannia.” YBA artists included Jake and Dinos Chapman, Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, Sarah Lucas, Chris Ofili, Marc Quinn, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Mark .

For graffiti and street art, that exhibition was Barely Legal. Barely Legal was a show by graffiti artist Banksy, held in an industrial warehouse in Los Angeles, California, in 2006. The free show was held over the weekend of 16 September 2006. Part of the exhibition was a 37-year-old Indian elephant that was painted to match the wallpaper of the room in which it was placed. The show was meant to address important issues such as poverty, which is ignored by most people;  the animal was a literal representation of the “elephant in the room”.

While in Los Angeles, the artist also targeted Disneyland in Anaheim, where he disposed of a figure dressed up as a prisoner from the Guantanamo Bay detention camp behind on one of the rides, intending to draw attention to the situation in the detention camp, where several months earlier three inmates had committed suicide. The figure was taken down after approximately 90 minutes. A video of the artist placing the figure in the theme park could also be seen at the exhibition

It was 2006, it was Los Angeles, and it was an exhibition of works by Banksy in a warehouse that turned the art world on its ear almost instantaneously. The “Barely Legal Print Set,” as six particular Banksy street art prints are known, are the most coveted artworks by Banksy from the exhibition.


The Artist


Bristol-born graffitist Banksy is the most famous and infamous street artist in the world. Despite the fact that he doesn’t create any work for the public to buy, or any pieces that can be displayed in a gallery, he is loved throughout the world for his spray on pieces of social commentary and taboo-busting images. Banksy’s true identity remains a secret and he prefer to stay in the shadows rather than take the acclaim for his work. He started using his trademark stencils as a way to create a piece quicker and so reduce the chances of being caught by the police. His works are displayed on walls, streets and bridges across his home town of Bristol and at other selected locations across the world. Fans have been known to try and take down walls, so they can own an original Banksy. A product of the British underground street scene of the 1990s, Banksy’s work is often darkly humorous, satirical and mocks the establishment. Some commentators have compared him to Blek le Rat, a French graffiti artist. Banksy himself says Bristol-based graffiti artist 3D was his original inspiration. In 2010 he directed a documentary film called ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’, about a man obsessed with street art.

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