Bringing The Haight Street Back To San Francisco
836M in conjunction with Brian Greif brings Banksy’s “Haight Street Rat” back to the city of its origins approximately four years after it was originally painted on or about May 3, 2010. Following six months of negotiation, experts in the field of repair and renovation of historic buildings removed the work—which weighs in at 420 pounds—from the building that served as the original “canvas.”
After being kept it storage for two years, the piece was shipped to Fine Arts Conservation Laboratories in Santa Barbara for preservation and since then has been displayed only twice: once in Miami where it was filmed for Saving Banksy, a documentary about the artist and his work, and in October of 2014 in Los Angeles.
The Haight Street Rat will be mounted in the window of the gallery. This so it may be viewed from the street, which 836M sees as being a key aspect of the exhibit, since that allows the piece to be exhibited in its natural habitat, the street, yet afforded the protection it deserves.
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.
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