The Art of Banksy ★★★★ 50 Earlham Street | Until May 22, 2022

"In the future everyone will be anonymous for 15 minutes" – Banksy. True to his graffiti artist origins, Banksy has remained anonymous, but his fame has grown exponentially. His projects including a film, collaborations with musical groups and some clever pranks have kept his name in the news and have ensured him an almost cult-like following. The work itself is notable for its clever commentary on current events, an ardent anti-war stance and a disdain for the establishment in politics and the art world. Indeed, it is Banksy's humour that often sets him apart from his peers and endears him to his following. The pithy commentary on the contemporary scene is always apt and usually from a fresh angle. Whether it is armed helicopters decorated with bows or a crucified Jesus bearing Christmas gifts there is no mistaking his meaning. Hypocrisy and cant are the objects of his derision just as they were for his predecessors like Hogarth and Rowlandson, and Banksy is equally effective in bringing his targets down. This "world's largest collection of privately owned Banksy" is a thoroughly enjoyable overview of the artist's development from the street to the salon. It is a must-see for fans, and for the uninitiated it's an excellent introduction to the satirist's wit and wisdom. "Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable" – Banksy.

Rated: ★★★★

Reviewed by J.C.

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When, Where, Getting there:
  • Until May 22, 2022
  • Sun - Wed: 10 am - 6 pm, Thu & Fri 10 am - 9 pm, Sat 9:30 am - 7 pm
  • Last entry 1 hour before closing. Book online
  • 50 Earlham Street
  • Nearest tube: Covent Garden

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