|Lost British street artist Banksy mural "Every Picture tells a lie" uncovered on Berlin galley wall|
A woman takes a picture of an artwork by British street artist Banksy in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011. The graffiti showing five soldiers with angel's wings and yellow smiley faces beneath the slogan "Every picture tells a lie!" is now on show again at the Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien gallery. Originally sprayed by the artist in 2003 during a street art project at the gallery, the Banksy had disappeared beneath several layers of paint by subsequent art shows. AP Photo/Michael Sohn.
BERLIN (REUTERS).- British street artist Banksy's mural "Every Picture tells a lie" was rediscovered in Berlin this weekend after a gallery layered it in paint eight years ago to create space for new works.
Banksy, whose identity is unknown to the public, is a world-renowned graffiti artist. His newly recovered mural was spray-painted in 2003 for an exhibit at a contemporary art gallery in Germany's capital.
The mural was excavated as part of an art project by Brad Downey, a Berlin-based American artist, whose exhibition is titled "What Lies Beneath" and focuses on layers of paint.
"The unearthing is Downey's project -- he wanted to play with it," said Stephane Bauer, head of the Kunstraum Bethanien gallery, where the Banksy work is being displayed.
Downey, who also took part in the 2003 exhibit, remembered Banksy's work and wanted to uncover it for his 2011 project.
Under Downey's careful instructions, restorers uncovered the artwork, which portrays winged-soldiers with smiley faces carrying guns. The words "Every Picture Tells a Lie" are scrawled in blood-red paint above them.
Banksy first drew attention in the early 1990s with controversial stenciled graffiti, seen by some as subversive and by others as satire.
His commercial pieces have sold for huge sums -- the most famous of which is "Space Girl and Bird," which was auctioned in 2007 for 288,000 pounds, or close to half a million dollars.
The gallery is unsure of what will happen to Banksy's work once Downey's exhibit ends on Oct 23rd. It could go back to hibernating behind white-washed walls -- that is, if someone doesn't try to buy it first.
But Bauer said it was difficult to say how much the Banksy is worth. "I don't think it can be worth much since it is just one layer of paint among many," Bauer told Reuters.
Gareth Williams, who has helped sell Banksy pieces in the past, said that in order to price one of his artworks, details are first sent to the artist's agency for authentication before the pieces can sell.
Williams, head of the Urban Art department for Bonham's Auction House in London, said that if the mural found in Berlin is authenticated, Bonham's would be happy to help the gallery owners sell it.
(Reporting By Natalia Drozdiak)
September 14, 2011
Gagosian Gallery announces the death of The Father of Pop Art: Richard Hamilton
Sotheby's in New York announces sale of part III of The Collection of Allan Stone
Lost British street artist Banksy mural "Every Picture tells a lie" uncovered on Berlin galley wall
A host of dragons, buffalo, lions and horses, lead caravan of Chinese art at Bonhams
National Gallery of Art launches second edition of the Gemini G.E.L. Online Catalogue Raisonné
Sanford Biggers: Cosmic Voodoo Circus exhibit on view at SculptureCenter
In Living Color vivid post impressionist works highlight Bonhams' October prints auction
Freeman's sells $3.5 million Qing Dynasty Jade Seal, Asian Art auction realizes $8.1 million
New Orleans Museum of Art names Russell Lord new Curator of Photographs
Christie's in New York to offer rare Inglenook from Francis Ford Coppola's cellar
Valencian Institute for Modern Art exhibition opens with the work of José Manuel Ciria: The Last Decade
Exhibition of new works by artist Gordon Cheung opens at Alan Cristea Gallery
Pavel Schmidt presents Kafka cycle at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
One of Britain's best-loved illustrators John Burningham at The Fleming Collection
Rice University's Rice Building Workshop designs café for the Menil Collection
Jewellery belonging to Thomas Jefferson's great, great granddaughter offered at Bonhams
Credit, Faith, Trust, an exhibition of new and recent works from James Casebere at Lisson Gallery
Lesley Heller Workspace opens group show of young female artists and solo exhibition by Loren Munk
Deborah Solon and Alissa Ford join Heritage Auctions' Fine Arts department
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers fine art auction realizes 2.7 million
Most Popular Last Seven Days
1.- Picasso masterpiece becomes the most valuable work ever sold at auction: $179,365,000
2.- Conceptual artist David Ireland's restored home at 500 Capp Street to open in January 2016
3.- After last month's 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal, century-old Kaiser Library left in ruins
4.- Team of American explorers say pirate Captain Kidd's treasure found off Madagascar
5.- Christoph Buechel's church-cum-mosque causes controversy at Venice Biennale
6.- World's oldest complete example of 10 Commandments on rare display in Israel
7.- Go West: Artists flee exorbitant and over-crowded New York for Los Angeles
8.- All the World's Futures: 56th International Art Exhibition curated by Okwui Enwezor opens
9.- Exhibition at Museum of Modern Art explores Yoko Ono's groundbreaking early work
10.- Tsibi Geva presents a new installation for the Israeli pavilion at the 56th International Art Exhibition
Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .
|Royalville Communications, Inc|