Banksy Street Art On Display Prior To Auction

girl with balloonEight works by reticent street artist Banksy will go on display until Sunday at Me London on Aldwych before being sent to auction at Bonhams.

Stealing Banksy? is being run by the Sincura Group, who have faced criticism after ‘sensitively salvaging’ the artworks from the buildings on which the pieces they had been stenciled. ‘No Ball Games’ was removed last summer from a shop in Tottenham, and ‘Slave Labour’ was previously sold for £750,000 after being taken from a wall in Wood Green. Sincura describes the project as ‘exploring the social, legal and moral issues surrounding the sale of street art’. The estimated value (despite the lack of authentication) of seven of the works has been highlighted by the BBC:

  • No Ball Games – £1m
  • Old Skool – £750,000
  • Girl With Balloon – £400,000
  • Liverpool Rat – £225,000
  • 2 Rats – £200,000
  • Silent majority – £175,000
  • Sperm Alarm – £150,000

Sincura is at pains to point out in its brochure that it is not stealing the artworks and encourages buyers to make donations to charities in the communities where the works were originally painted:

“The Sincura Group do not steal art nor do we condone any acts of wanted [sic] vandalism or theft. We do not own the pieces of art, nor encourage their removal and to date have made no financial gain from the sales of street art. If assigned to manage a piece of art we ensure the salvage, restoration and sale is carried out in a professional and sympathetic manner.”

The exhibition will take place over four days between 24 and 27 April 2014 at the Me London Hotel on The Strand. Tickets are £17.50 per person (itself daylight robbery, although the price includes a ‘Banksy newspaper’ and charity donation) and available by clicking here.

Photo by Stew Dean in the Londonist Flickr Pool.

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  • Lincoln II

    Like ”last time”. What belongs to whom?

    We think everything should be like everything always should be, “like always”.

    That’s what we like. But it is not so. Everything changes all the
    time and again and again and we at the ones to change along.

    It is part of the process to protest
    and when we do, we become part of time, art and life. But once in a while something happens we did not expect and we stand back in awe.

    Here is something unexpected. Often in the public space like the streets or on buildings like this one in Jackson Pollock painting the East Hampton, gas ball december 12, 2013 by Dan Rattiner

    http://danspapers.com/2013/12/50-million-shocker-lost-jackson-pollock-work-found-in-east-hampton/

    Therefore I like to bring this to you attention.

    I like to thank Ellen Von Wiegand for very fine comments on Jackson
    Pollock, but …. We know he was; an “American cowboy, raging
    alcoholic, volatile, reclusive, these popular ideas of mid century painter Jackson Pollock have shrouded him with a powerful mystique that has since dominated critical discourse around him.

    It is thus difficult to separate Pollock the pioneering abstract painter
    from Pollock the drunk who caused his own premature death from inebriated driving.

    Yet it is a mistake to attribute his highly energetic paint formations
    to a faltering, intoxicated mind. Pollock took great pride in the expert
    control that he held over his pigment………“

    But I also like to tell about his environments. He did not ride on a
    beautiful time and experienced a beautiful family and everything beautiful. He was more than a artist painter and more than a product of his time.

    He was a victim.

    A victim on his own and a victim of his environments like money for
    example. How to get by in the 1930th with the financial crash on
    Wall Street with out any money?

    First 5 brothers, with complete different ideas and Jackson, as the small
    brother with the biggest ideas and no where to express them and nowhere to stay. They stayed together for some time, but as time went by and the others brothers settled down and got family of their own; Jackson again was left in his own thoughts and dreams.

    Jackson was not the friendly type, but even so everybody seems to like to help him. Finely he found a “mother type” in Lee Krasner; to become his wife.

    Living mostly his life without money and nothing, but just a small bread
    and egg and coffee and perhaps borrow a couple of dollars to get by this day; he invented his own style of painting and everybody could have done that once they have seen Jackson did it, but they did not do it. Jackson Pollock did it all on his own.

    I think, living in Springs, without money and often working in his studio and once he invented his personally style, nothing could stop him, but he
    had to “get it all out” of his mind.

    I like to quote from the Book, ”To a violent grave by Jeffrey Potter:

    page 89; 1946 :

    Mrs. Nina Federico, When he first moved in, he didn’t have anything, so
    he came every day to my restaurant, Jungle Pete`s for eggs and home fries, toast and coffee. He was hungry and I wouldn’t turn a dog away if it’s hungry. Then he asked if he could borrow two dollars, so I thought, what can you lose for two dollars.

    page 90 John Little.

    They were really frightened, having no income, and Jackson was depressed. He would sit quietly, saying little ever, and it was a bad time.

    page, 93: Richard T. Talmage,

    They were real cold – had to be, living in that big old house with just
    little stoves. There was a fireplace in the front room but the flue was no
    good, so they huddled around the stoves all winter – all they had.

    page, 98 Stanley William Hayter;

    (1940 – 1945; Hayter
    joined the exodus of artists from Europe to the United States and arrived in
    New York on May 31st, 1940. In the Fall of 1940 he began to teach intaglio printmaking at the New School for Social Research. Initially poorly subscribed, his “Atelier 17 course” was a popular one by the time Hayter moved out of the New School in 1945.

    Atelier 17 in New York exerted an important influence over the future direction of art in America. The atelier became a convergence point for young American artists and avant-garde Europeans. (and Jackson Pollock as well)

    I quote:

    There must have been hundreds of drip works at Atelier 17 (in New York), and I wrote about unconscious drawings and how it can be developed. Jack and I talked about this sort of things at the time when people used to come to me from all over the U.S. with their unconscious drawings. ……..

    Jack was working at Atelier 17, ……………..”Go to it, and I’ll bet you that
    not one of you can make one square inch of anything that could be mistaken for what Pollock’s done – what I would do, what the machine has done”. And they couldn’t because it’s absolutely distinctive, more than handwriting. It’s like attempts at faking Pollock; you can’t be fooled.

    ___________________________________

    One thing I like to say is; Jackson Pollock was very found of animals
    and nature. All his childhood and as a teenager, he had lived in the nature
    surroundings and it really made him feel good.

    Another thing; he was also very found of children, little children whom
    he cared much for, as far as we know from his time in The Springs and the
    neighbours and friends and families they knew.

    His final years he wanted to lift himself up but fighting with his inner
    demons, he lost that battle. He lost it outside himself and partly also inside
    his own feelings, but he now knew who he was, what he could do and getting to know Ruth Kligman, he might have thought he could start a new life.

    This beautiful woman with no fear and easygoing was balsam for Jackson, but he did not take notice of the demons within himself.

    Here was Adam and Eve, but there was also the “Snake”. It bid him. His dreams followed him on his last journey.

    Today we stand in awe of what he accomplished and we cannot say we regret what he did because what he left us and the world was / is so big, that he will live forever.

    I like to give this example for his beautiful and genius art. Just look him up on artprice.com or this video from Danish Museum Rudolph Tegner on You
    tube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUE9i-mHdPM

    It is always like this.

    New York had theirs and so does London.

  • Susan Lowenthal

    This is so sad. I got to know many of them when travelling around the streets of north and east London. Spotting one always raised my spirits. I will miss them. The charity donations are just a cop-out.

  • Terry Chisholm

    I want Banksy to go to the auction, and paint over them… saying, they were never really complete and needed that final last touch to suit it’s current surroundings.

  • Joanne

    Terry just love that! Would be best ever to arrive with a red paintbrush and ‘complete’ . If only ..