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Unsigned Print Edition of 500
H 56cm x W 76cm
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|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
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|September 2022||SBI Art Auction - Japan||Grannies - Unsigned Print|
|August 2022||Sotheby's Online - United Kingdom||Grannies - Unsigned Print|
|July 2022||Forum Auctions London - United Kingdom||Grannies - Unsigned Print|
|April 2022||Sotheby's Online - United Kingdom||Grannies - Unsigned Print|
|March 2022||Forum Auctions London - United Kingdom||Grannies - Unsigned Print|
|December 2021||Forum Auctions London - United Kingdom||Grannies - Unsigned Print|
|December 2021||Bonhams Knightsbridge - United Kingdom||Grannies - Unsigned Print|
Banksy’s 2006 Grannies was released in an unsigned screen print edition of 600, part of the "Barely Legal" exhibition portfolio. As the elderly ladies knit jumpers with the unlikely slogans "Punks Not Dead" and "Thug for Life”, Banksy begs the question: are these grannies retired rebels or simply armchair philosophers?
This sardonic, original screen print by Banksy was released as part of the seminal exhibition Barely Legal which took place in California, Los Angeles in September 2006 and was the artists first major foray into the US. The unsigned print was released in an edition of 600, whilst 150 signed prints were also made available. Grannies features a blocked pink background, with two elderly ladies sitting on two aged armchairs knitting and drinking tea. Banksy creates a humorous juxtaposition in the image by depicting slogans on the knitted jumpers that read, ‘Punk's Not Dead’, and ‘Thug For Life’.
This piece is often considered to be one of the most humorous images of the Barely Legal exhibition. Both grannies appear pleased with themselves as they quietly resist cultural norms, but, there is an argument to suggest that this goes much deeper. It is possible interpretation that Grannies is a commentary on the way in which counter-culture is appropriated and white-washed into comfortable, mainstream living room material.
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