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Signed Print Edition of 67
H 31cm x W 99cm
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|January 2023||Forum Auctions London - United Kingdom||Have A Nice Day (Anarchist Book Fair) - Signed Print|
|September 2021||Forum Auctions London - United Kingdom||Have A Nice Day (Anarchist Book Fair) - Signed Print|
|September 2020||Forum Auctions London - United Kingdom||Have A Nice Day (Anarchist Book Fair) - Signed Print|
|December 2019||Forum Auctions London - United Kingdom||Have A Nice Day (Anarchist Book Fair) - Signed Print|
|November 2018||Forum Auctions London - United Kingdom||Have A Nice Day (Anarchist Book Fair) - Signed Print|
British street artist Banksy's early screen print, Have A Nice Day (Anarchist Book Fair) (2003), from a signed special edition of 67, depicts a military police force with the artist's acid-house smiley face pasted over their faces. This juxtaposition simultaneously undermines the forces’ authority while exaggerating their threatening aura.
In one of the first ever screen prints released by Banksy, he takes on law enforcement in a bold and striking way; a landscape piece, which depicts almost thirty military or riot police lined up from left to right, in the middle of them a large military tank, locked and loaded. The piece is entitled Have a Nice Day, which is a hugely ironic sentiment given the menacing nature of the men in riot gear staring out of the canvas.
On close inspection of the work, the officers have their faces obscured with a yellow ‘acid-house’ smiley face, something most commonly associated with 1990s rave culture, but that can actually be trace to its roots in popular culture of the 1960s when it was used as a feel-good symbol. Something so innocent and ‘happy’ however, was ripe for subversion and through the decades that followed, the smiley was coopted by various movements ranging from horror films, to serial killers, the Far Right and in popular graphic novel The Watchman - in which it is used to examine the corruption of power. This is incredibly pertinent to this piece by Banksy, and indeed many of his other images where he repurposes the yellow smiley.
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