Five stories that caught our eye this week…

1. A Turkish investment firm have put on an unauthorized exhibition of Banksy’s work in Turkey’s capital Istanbul. The retrospective has been organized in part by the artists former agent Steve Lazarides alongside the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism and some of the country’s most prominent businessmen. The exhibition, running until March 15th, is titled The Art of Banksy and features some of his most famous and recognizable works. 

Ignoring Banksy’s stance on the mass production of his artwork, the exhibition also has a rather “cheeky nod”, as Lazarides calls it, to Banksy’s award winning documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop, with their own “unofficial and unauthorized gift shop”, filled with unauthorized Banksy memorabilia. From Banksy coasters to Banksy biscuits, stools and fridge magnets; with signs encouraging you to “exit through it”.

According to Lazarides there is a moral to the exhibition; hopes are, that a country with an overwhelming refugee crisis might latch on to some of Banky’s ideas and ethos. It is certainly cheeky and who knows how Banksy feels about it, probably not great. But in a way, the master of irony has to see the irony in this.

N.B. Mr Lazarides also plans to celebrate his gallery’s 10th anniversary this month with an exhibition by the artist. (via Wall Street Journal)

2. Prints by Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, Peter Max and even John Lennon will be on display at a New York art collective on March 3rd, where, they will also be up for sale. The Rooted Artist Collective holding the exhibition in New York, has been open for less than a year but this exhibition is sure to attract them a fair amount of attention. The collection of prints was that of the late doctor John Ortiz from Berlin, who died in 2012. It includes four pieces by Dali, two by Peter Max, and others by Picasso, Henri Matisse and Rene Magritte. Most of the pieces include a pencil signature by the artists and a certificate of authenticity. (Via York Dispatch)

3. The day we all feared has come, ‘texters’ now rule the planet – or certainly the footpaths around Salisbury Cathedral. Sophie Ryder’s 20ft sculpture The Kiss – depicting two large hands clasping one another – had only been in place for a few days, and arched a walkway around Salisbury Cathedral. However, rather than being dumb-struck by Ryder’s art, people were just walking straight into it, while texting. So it had to be moved to protect Texters from themselves. Ryder wrote on Facebook: "We had to move 'the kiss' because people were walking through texting and said they bumped their heads! Oh well!!" (Via Art Net)

4. Billionaire hedge fund manager Ken Griffin has just completed one of the most expensive private art deals in history. Griffin bought two works, one by Pollock and one by William de Kooning for a total $500 million.  The pieces by the two abstract-expressionists were Pollock’s Number 17A (1948) canvas, bought for about $200 million and de Kooning’s oil on canvas titled Interchanged – also known as Interchange (1955) – for about $300 million.

This comes shortly after his recent donation of $40 million to the MoMA in New York. (via Bloomberg)

5. A new exhibition of one of Britain’s foremost abstract painters, Bridget Riley, has just debuted at Sheffield’s Graves Gallery. The exhibition, Bridget Riley: Venice and Beyond, Paintings 1967-1972 centres around the time that Riley’s work evolved into what we know and love today, and the most important facet of that evolution — the introduction of colour. 

Riley reflects on her use of colour:  “Earlier I chose form, and later colour, which I believe to be more precise because it is closer to our experience of the real world. Unstable and incalculable, it is also rich and comforting. For a painter it is an ideal vehicle because it can be both a revelation and merely the surface of things.” According to Kirstie Hamilton, Head of Exhibitions and Displays at Museums: “Bridget Riley’s Rise 1 is one of the stars of Sheffield’s Visual Art collection and a real visitor favourite.” 

The exhibition will be running at the Graves Gallery until the 23rd June, and a catalogue to accompany the exhibition will be available as of Spring 2016. (via Art Daily)