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Signed Print Edition of 250
H 70cm x W 70cm
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Joe Syer, Head of Urban & Contemporary Art
|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|February 2023||Forum Auctions London - United Kingdom||No Ball Games (grey) - Signed Print|
|November 2022||Forum Auctions London - United Kingdom||No Ball Games (grey) - Signed Print|
|April 2022||Sotheby's Online - United Kingdom||No Ball Games (grey) - Signed Print|
|March 2022||Christie's London - United Kingdom||No Ball Games (grey) - Signed Print|
|September 2021||Tate Ward Auctions - United Kingdom||No Ball Games (grey) - Signed Print|
|September 2021||Sotheby's Online - United Kingdom||No Ball Games (grey) - Signed Print|
|September 2021||Forum Auctions London - United Kingdom||No Ball Games (grey) - Signed Print|
Banksy's No Ball Games (grey) is a signed limited edition of 250 screen prints from 2009. The witty stencil-style image depicts two children throwing a sign with the titular words, celebrating youthful non-conformity and rebellious loopholes. It was released at Banksy's Pictures on Walls Christmas show, "Fiesta Resistance."
This work is a quintessential example of Banksy’s iconic stencil-style, and depicts a tongue-in-cheek, ironic scene: the two children playing with a sign that says ‘no ball games’, as if it were a ball. Thus, this largely monochromatic print (save for the red of the sign) is likely making a social commentary on the ‘nanny state’, and how even fundamental children’s activities such as play are now controlled and regulated. The children figures can also be interpreted as symbols for people in general, constantly under surveillance and regulation by a higher bureaucratic state power. Banksy, famous for being a rule breaker himself, might be encouraging children (and adults) a little to break those sorts of rules.This print is an example of Banksy’s frequent use of children as symbols of innocence, purity and a sense of freedom, to formulate subversive social critique, much like in his other prints such as Girl with Balloon and Nola.
No Ball Games originally appeared as a mural d on the side of a shop at the junction of Tottenham High Road and Philip Lane in 2009 but was cut out of the wall in and sold for charity.
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