Exhibition Dates: 01/27/2015 - 07/11/2015
Currently Based: WORLDWIDE
Banksy, a street artist whose identity remains unknown, is believed to have been born in Bristol, England, around 1974. He rose to prominence for his provocative stenciled pieces in the late 1990s.
Banksy is the subject of a 2010 documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop, which examines the relationship between commercial and street art.
Banksy's artwork is characterized by striking images, often combined with slogans. His work often engages political themes, satirically critiquing war, capitalism, hypocrisy and greed. Common subjects include rats, apes, policemen, members of the royal family, and children. In addition to his two-dimensional work, Banksy is known for his installation artwork.
Other pieces have drawn attention for their edgy themes or the boldness of their execution. He is known for his use of copyrighted material and subversion of classic images. Banksy's worldwide fame has transformed his artwork from acts of vandalism to sought-after high art pieces.
"Thanks to the group 'Save the Banksy' [The Rat] was saved from the fate suffered by a number of other Banksys in the city..." Thu, Dec 18, 2014. SFWeekly
"[The piece] has been through restoration and traveling exhibitions and lands in SF again this month. Does it have the same impact after being co-opted by the art world? Go see." SF/Arts
"The 836M gallery has committed to hosting public discussions about street art during “Haight Street Rat’s” exhibition..." San Francisco Chronicle
"A Banksy mural of a beret-wearing rat holding a marker pen was one of six murals that appeared in the city when the artist visited California five years ago..." artlyst
"Could there be a better way to welcome in the New Year than with the resurfacing of a nearly lost work by the famously elusive, highly publicized English graffiti artist/activist Banksy?" Bay Area Reporter
"[Brian] Greif partnered with 836M to bring the piece back to The City. Since its removal by experts in the field of repairing and restoring historic buildings, the Haight Street Rat has only been available for public viewing on two occasions, in Miami and Los Angeles." SFBay.ca
"As a compromise, Greif agreed to have the artwork exhibited in the window of the non-commercial San Francisco art space 836M so that it can be viewed from the street." artnet news
"With a calendar chock full of artist lectures and film screenings, the nonprofit gallery represents an opportunity to participate in all that...SF is famous for: bridging disciplines, sharing resources, and fostering a diverse community." 7x7