Kate Moss by Banksy

Kate Moss Banksy

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Banksy’s original Kate Moss was first produced in 2006 in light blue as an edition of just 50 prints. Shortly afterwards, another series of 120 was released in six more colours pink, hot pink, purple, green, apricot/gold and blue/grey), with 20 of each. Banksy also edited a very limited series of 12 artist’s proofs as well as five reproductions on canvas. All pieces are signed by the artist. In 2011, Banksy created a unique edition for Kate Moss herself, as a wedding gift on the occasion of her honeymoon, where she was surprised to find the artwork in her hotel bathroom waiting for her.

The series is an undeniable homage to Andy Warhol’s iconic Marilyn Monroe series, both in its subject and its formal execution. In this contemporary take on the work of the American Pop artist, Banksy combines the faces of Moss and Monroe, superimposing Monroe’s hair onto a grey-scale portrait of Moss, then staining it with vibrant colours. Warhol’s portraits of Monroe, like many of his other works, were both a glorification of fame and a satirical comment on it as a spectacle.

Besides Warhol, Banksy has also paid tribute to a number of other modern artists including Keith Haring in Choose Your Weapon. He has also transformed famous historical photographs for his works, such as Napalm, from Nick Ut’s original photograph showing a nine year-old-girl running from the horror of a Napalm blast during the Vietnam war, and Flags, from a 1945 photograph by Joe Rosenthal which captures six U.S. Marines lifting the American Flag atop Mount Suribachi during the battle of Iwo Jima, in World War II.

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