Passion Points: Arts/Culture
For those who like to be on the cutting-edge, Bonhams’ is holding the world’s first Urban Art auction in London on February 5. “Urban Art” is the natural progression of graffiti where images from the street get transferred to canvas. These underground artists, including D*Face, Invader, Cyclops and Paul Insect, have become so popular that they risk going mainstream (Brad and Angelina as well as Christina Aguilera are fans). British artist Damien Hirst bought Paul Insect’s entire first solo show last year. One work by guerrilla graffiti artist Banksy, one of the group’s most famous aesthetic rebels, is being estimated to sell between £5,000-£7,000 ($9,900-$13,900) at this auction, rocketing up from £400 ($795) three years ago.
Among the seventy-five works up for auction, you’ll find pieces by the godfathers of Urban Art (Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Blek le Rat) but also by nineteen-year-old newcomer Adam Neate. For his latest prank, Banksy took his spray cans and stencils to the Middle East where he etched nine pictures, entitled Holiday Snaps, on parts of the 425-mile long barrier that separates Israel from the Occupied Territories. He’s said that the wall “turned Palestine into the world’s largest open prison,” and on the lighter side, “it also makes it the ultimate activity holiday destination for graffiti writers.”
The slightly less adventurous can travel to Bonhams’ New Bond Street galleries to see this new genre of works by artists that hail from Canada, Japan, France and Britain. Viewing starts on Sunday, February 3 and continues until the sale Tuesday evening. 101 New Bond Street.
For more information: www.bonhams.com
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