Exhibition claiming to show Banksy’s artwork is coming to Tampa

What’s wrong with the “Banksyland” exhibit coming to Tampa and being advertised on social media?

We know it wasn’t authorized by the pseudonymous street artist Banksy – on the exhibition’s website, “Banksy: Unauthorized. Uncensored. Unmasked.”

And especially exhibits like this one are covered on Banksy’s website:

I see a new exhibition of Banksy work has just opened, is it allowed?

No. They DO NOTHING with any of Banksy’s current or recent exhibits, and they’re not like a real Banksy show. They can be messed up so please don’t come to us for a refund.

UK-based Banksy’s anti-authoritarian street art has become a global phenomenon. Banksy started as a graffiti artist and is also an activist and filmmaker. It is surprising that the artist managed to keep his identity secret.

Despite criticism against the arts establishment, Banksy was embraced by it. In 2018, his painting “Girl with Balloons” was partially dismantled after it was sold at an auction at Sotheby’s for $1.4 million. Ironically, this work, now titled “Love Is in the Trash,” was resold by the auction house for $25.4 million last year.

Still, Banksy reigns supreme over the sale and verification of his works, as there are so many fakes out there. The works he left on the streets are often taken.

The “Banksyland” website offers a brief description of the exhibition, which will arrive in Tampa from November 18-20: “Banksyland” is an international traveling exhibition that draws audiences to the works of the world’s most notorious and elusive artist. : BANK. The first Tampa exhibit includes more than 80 pieces and installations; Including original and studio works, salvaged street art and immersive installations never before seen in a hidden location in downtown Tampa (ticket holders will pick up the venue 1-2 weeks before the event opens).”

Why the location is a secret is a burning question. For $29 (or $59 for a VIP experience that includes all-day access, audio tour, and a limited number of hand-shown exhibition posters), people will want to know where they’re going.

The tour of the exhibit began in May in Portland, Oregon. Elle Miller, curator of “Banksyland,” told online publication Oregon ArtsWatch that she had not secured venues in other cities at the time, which may shed light on why the venues were kept “secret.”

A review of the stop in Sightlines, an independent online arts and culture magazine in Austin, Texas, is captioned: “’Banksyland’ draws on Banksy’s anti-capitalist message.” The author writes that he “moans positively with irony.”

The “Banksyland” website says the exhibition is by One Thousand Ways, “an international experiential art company specializing in innovative immersive events.”

The Seattle Times reported two unauthorized Banksy exhibits making the rounds, including “Banksyland,” in May. It was also rumored that Miller is the creator of One Thousand Ways, which was formed to launch the show “Banksyland”.

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Miller told The Seattle Times that he conceived One Thousand Ways as a nonprofit with the idea of ​​donating some of the proceeds to arts organizations. It eventually became an LLC.

At that time, on the “Banksyland” website, visitors could support the Americans for the Arts organization, whose logo was there, by adding $5 to their ticket purchases.

But a spokesperson for Americans for the Arts told The Seattle Times that the organization has no affiliation with “Banksyland.” Miller acknowledged this, but said he still plans to donate the money to the group and local arts organizations.

Now, the Americans for the Arts logo does not appear on the “Banksyland” website and there are no suggestions to donate to other organizations.

An interview request emailed to the Banksyland website went unanswered.

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