Banksy interviews in the Times and Time Out

Proper Banksy interviews are rare things indeed so its a surprise to see two appear together. Of course its hardly a coincidence that they’ve come along at the same time as the Banksy film ‘ Exit Through The Gift Shop‘ is due to go on national release in the UK from March 5th. The movie itself has been running for the past few days in a specially constructed cinema in a tunnel under Waterloo station where the dripping walls and the rumble of suburban trains certainly add to the experience. Not to mention the burning pile of historical figures next to that nice little old lady HRH Queen Elizabeth unveiling an Anarchy symbol (more pictures on artofthestate.co.uk when the limited film run finishes).

Time Out London’s Visual Arts Editor Ossian Ward has conducted an interview with Banksy which is due to be published in the March 2nd issue of the magazine. The cover of the magazine will feature a unique Banksy ‘mixture of spray paint and self portraiture’ and is going to be available to be purchased as a magazine (with all the usual text cover lines removed) and as an edition of 5000 posters (unsigned and costing 10 UK pounds each). Time Out promise that the proceeds from each sale will go the Haiti Earthquake relief effort. You can buy the poster and / or the special edition magazine directly here. The full image itself won’t be released until Tuesday but in the meantime here’s a teaser:

The Sunday Times have also been running a campaign to advertise their interview with Banksy using ‘reverse stencil graffiti’. Flickr stalwart Annar 50 found one of these stencils in Shoreditch with the wording ‘Exclusive Banksy interview and artwork in this weekend’s Sunday Times’ so get down the newsagents early on Sunday if you want to get a copy.

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Banksy – Exit Through The Gift Shop – Out on March 5th – listings below

Banksy film ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’ out in UK cinemas 5th March


LONDON Soho – Curzon, Hampstead – Everyman, Islington – Screen On The Green, Barbican, Dalston – Rio, Notting Hill Gate, Clapham – Picturehouse, Brixton – Ritzy, Greenwich – Picturehouse, Wimbledon – Curzon BRIGHTON – Duke of Yorks, CAMBRIDGE – Picturehouse, OXFORD – Picturehouse, NORWICH – Cinema City, SOUTHAMPTON – Harbour Lights, BRISTOL – Watershed, BATH – Little Theatre, BIRMINGHAM – Electric, MANCHESTER – Cornerhouse, SHEFFIELD – Showroom, NOTTINGHAM – Broadway, LIVERPOOL – Fact, YORK – City Screen, NEWCASTLE – Tyneside, BELFAST – QFT, LEEDS – Hyde Park, EXETER – Picturehouse, ABERDEEN – Belmont, SHEFFIELD – Cineworld, CARDIFF – Cineworld, GLASGOW – Renfrew Street, Cineworld, DUBLIN – Cineworld

Distributed in the UK by Revolver Entertainment.

More details on banksyfilm.com

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Faking It – Caveat emptor

The Victoria and Albert Museum has an exhibition on at present about art forgeries. Of course these have been around as long as people have been making money out of art but what’s interesting is its focus on street art replicas and in particular Banksy. I’ve seen some amazing forgeries in person of street pieces (and some really naff ones too). It’s amazing the lengths some will go to but not surprising when the rewards can be so high. On display are both a Banksy print (Girl With A Balloon) and a Banksy canvas (Heavy Weaponry). Speaking to the Met Officers on site (nice to be doing this in such a civil setting!) it turns out they are highlighting street art fakers as they see the potential buyers as much more susceptible to fraud than seasoned art buyers due to their age, their inexperience and the lack of decent authentication mechanisms (until they started to come in a couple of years ago). Have a look at the pictures below to see some Banksy fakes including signatures and blind stamps and see if you can spot the differences from the real thing.

Fake Banksy Heavy Weaponry canvas

Fake Banksy print

Fake Banksy Girl With A Balloon print

Fake Pictures On Walls blind stamp

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