BANKSY@836M

BANKSY@836M

BANKSY

EXHIBITION DATES: 01/15/2015 - 09/04/2015

COLLECTION: GALLERY

CURRENTLY BASED: WORLDWIDE

ARTIST WEBSITE: BANKSY.CO.UK

BRINGING THE HAIGHT STREET BACK TO SAN FRANCISCO

836M, in conjunction with Brian Greif, brought Banksy’s “Haight Street Rat” back to the city of its origins approximately four years after Banksy originally painted it, on 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 in storage for two years, the piece was shipped to the Fine Arts Conservation Laboratories in Santa Barbara for preservation. Since then, it has been displayed only twice. Once in Miami, where it is part of Saving Banksy (a documentary about the artist and his work), and in October 2014 in Los Angeles.

The Haight Street Rat will be mounted in the window of the gallery. This so visitors may view it from the street, which 836M sees as a critical aspect of the exhibit since that allows the piece to be exhibited in its natural habitat, the street, yet afforded the protection it deserves.

BANKSY

He 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.

Striking images characterize Banksy’s artwork, often combined with slogans. His work often engages political themes, satirically critiquing war, capitalism, hypocrisy, and greed. Common subjects include rats, apes, police officers, 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 into sought-after high art pieces.

PRESS

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February 24, 2015

A restored Bansky stencil dubbed the “Haight Street Rat” has gone on display at 836M, a non-profit gallery in San Francisco.

Art Movements

January 23, 2015

Through July 11, the image known as “Haight Street Rat,” spray-painted on the side of a bed-and-breakfast in 2010 when Banksy was in San…

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January 20, 2015

As a compromise, Greif agreed to have the artwork exhibited in the window of the non-commercial San Francisco art space 836M so that the…

Banksy To Return To San Francisco Street After Five Years

January 20, 2015

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…

Banksy Returns to San Francisco

January 19, 2015

Next week, the “Haight Street Rat” will finally return to San Francisco where it will be installed in the 836M window, four miles away from its…

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January 16, 2015

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January 14, 2015

Greif partnered with 836M to bring the piece back to the city. Since its removal by experts in the field of repairing and restoring…

Banksy’s ‘Haight Street Rat’ returns to San Francisco

January 14, 2015