Join us as we explore Banksy’s latest exhibit ‘Cut & Run: 25 Years Card Labour’, an impressive collection of art spanning his career, housed in Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art.
If you’re a fan of Banksy, the enigmatic street artist known for his stenciled statements on city walls across the globe, brace yourself for some exciting news. When the clock struck midnight last Thursday, Banksy revealed his latest surprise. Mark your calendars as this weekend promises to be nothing short of legendary. ‘Cut & Run: 25 Years Card Labour,’ his first officially sanctioned exhibit in over a decade, is set to premiere at the Gallery of Modern Art (Goma) in Glasgow, Scotland.
‘Cut & Run’ traces Banksy’s illustrious artistic journey, exhibiting works from his early days in the late ’80s right through to fresh pieces crafted this year. This exhibit underscores the importance of his iconic stencils, the tools that breathe life into his expressions. From battered Ukrainian edifices to Los Angeles parking lots, from the stark walls of an old prison to a London tube train’s interior, Banksy’s creations have found homes in the most unexpected places.
What’s more, the exhibit isn’t limited to street art. It will also spotlight key pieces like the Union Flag stab vest designed for pop icon Stormzy and the renowned 2017 painting ‘Basquiat being stop and searched,’ a version of which was manifested on the walls of London’s Barbican Gallery during a Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition.
It’s not just about the art for Banksy. With his characteristically cheeky charm, he revealed, “I’ve kept these stencils hidden away for years, mindful they could be used as evidence in a charge of criminal damage. But that moment seems to have passed, so now I’m exhibiting them in a gallery as works of art. I’m not sure which is the greater crime.”
Standout exhibit features promise a thrilling peek into the artist’s ingenuity. It includes a model demonstrating how Banksy sneakily incorporated a shredder into the frame of “Balloon Girl,” which famously self-destructed mid-auction at Sotheby’s London in 2018. And if you’ve ever wondered about the lavatorial preferences of the elusive artist, you’re in luck. The exhibition will also showcase the “artist’s actual toilet,” as per the press release.
Banksy, in his characteristically clandestine fashion, took to Instagram to announce this landmark event. A bespoke website has been established to provide more details about ‘Cut & Run,’ which will be open from June 18 to August 28. The Gallery of Modern Art is set to accommodate night owls, remaining open till 5am on weekends, and reopening at 9am.
However, there’s a slight catch. Patrons hoping to attend post-celebration might face a bit of a hiccup. As the website warns, entry may be denied to those who appear overly intoxicated. Moreover, photography is strictly off-limits, with visitors required to secure their phones in a lockable pouch during their visit. But don’t worry! Commemorative Polaroid snapshots will be offered by the staff for those who want a keepsake.
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