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Signed Print Edition of 250
H 59cm x W 42cm
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|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
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|September 2020||Forum Auctions London - United Kingdom||Rude Copper (Anarchy) - Signed Print|
|December 2011||Christie's London - United Kingdom||Rude Copper (Anarchy) - Signed Print|
Released in a signed mixed media edition of 250 unique yellow spray painting in 2002, Banksy's Rude Copper (Anarchy) depicts a British policeman flipping the bird, signalling the artist's contempt for police, particularly in light of the 2000 Terrorism Act's extension of their stop-and-search powers.
When Banksy created the Rude Copper mural, it featured two British police officers, sticking their middle fingers up at the viewer. The duo makes for an incredibly striking and impactful work of street art on the London street where it first appeared. In 2002, Banksy released Rude Copper as a screen print, though in the print only one of the two policemen appear. The print is an entirely black and white design with very little detailing. The officer raises his middle finger with an arrogant look upon his face, wearing an old fashioned custodian helmet, introduced into the British police force in 1863. Although still worn today, this garment is largely considered to be the staple of the old ‘Bobby on the Beat’, a local, friendly neighbourhood copper, who is a sharp contrast to the actions of the officer in the image. Banksy’s scathing opinion of authority and law enforcement can be seen across much of his artwork, and this is no exception. Donuts (Chocolate) is another such print, formulating more light-heartedly humorous, tongue-in-cheek critique on the police.
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