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Who can actually afford a Banksy?

Can you afford a Banksy print? How about a Banksy original piece? Or a Banksy mural, straight from the wall? We look at what you get for your money. Banksy sold works for a few hundred pounds at the start of his career, now pieces can go for over a million – but there are […]

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Frank Auerbach at the Tate, a review

Frank Auerbach is surely one of the greatest British painters alive today (read a Introduction to Auerbach here) – as attested by the current retrospective at Tate Britain (until 13 March). Yet he is probably not as appreciated by the public as he should be – perhaps due to his reclusive and private mode of […]

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Profile: Frank Auerbach

There are already rave reviews coming out of the art world for the major Frank Auerbach retrospective at Tate Britain (until 13 March 2016) – known for being an artist who paints everyday, 365 days a year, there’s certainly plenty to explore… we take a look at his long career. Frank Auerbach: need to know […]

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Where is best to buy a Banksy?

Where’s best to buy a Banksy print– at auction or through a private sale? It’s certainly not quite as simple as Googling, ‘Banksy art for sale’, given the proliferation of fakes on the market. It all depends on your time-scale and budget. We had a quick look around the market to see what’s available over the coming […]

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Livin’ for the city

Artists like Lowry, Tom Butler and Henderson Cisz are all known for their unique depictions of our urban landscapes. Cities – most of us work in them, or live in them – but do we always appreciate them? They often get a bad rap for pollution and overcrowding, but they also have enormous energy, diversity and their own […]

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Top 10 Banksy Shows of All Time

Banksy, public prankster, brilliant impresario, painter of animals – his official shows demonstrate a flair for the unexpected venue and fascination with chicken nuggets. 1. Severnshed Restaurant, Bristol Docks, 2000 – his first show of canvases and a move away from painting on walls. One of the ‘Self Portraits’ depicted him with a monkey’s head […]

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Dismaland – an art review

“Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it”  – Bertolt Brecht, cited in Banksy’s opening essay for the catalogue to Dismaland. Now the dust has settled, we look back more closely at the art at Dismaland. Work by more than 50 artists from 17 countries was on […]

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Damien Hirst, genius or con artist?

Damien Hirst  – genius or con artist? Or, a bit of both? Plenty of editorial inches have been filled with this argument. Yet, even his detractors admit he’s a marketing genius: he doesn’t sit back and wait for people to come and find his work. He makes his own market and controls it better than […]

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The Hirst Revival?

This week Damien Hirst opens his new £25 million, 37,000 sq. ft gallery in Vauxhall, south London. The new space begins with a free show of paintings by British abstract painter John Hoyland, all owned by Hirst (until 3 April 2016). Hirst has described Hoyland as “easily the greatest British abstract painter”, and Hirst fans […]

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