Banksy art

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they would dis­play it. But they didn’t want it.”

Sub­se­quent re­ports have quoted mu­seum of­fi­cials say­ing the prob­lem boiled down to, once again, the sticky ques­tion of au­then­ti­ca­tion. A mu­seum cu­ra­tor told the art web­site artsy.net in Jan­uary that they’d need to get a per­sonal note from Banksy — which of course, the artist doesn’t pro­vide.

So Greif, who un­til 2013 was gen­eral man­ager at San Fran­cisco’s KRON-TV, de­cided to of­fer up “Haight Street Rat” for ex­hi­bi­tions to any­one who wanted it with one pro­viso:

“I took a vow when I took it down that I would never sell or profit from it,” Greif said. “So I pro­vide it to venues that agree to ex­hibit it for free.”

Be­fore Wind­sor, “Rat” was on dis­play at the Kokomo-Howard County Pub­lic Li­brary in Illi­nois.

As part of the of­fer, Greif also re­quires venues to bring in art by lo­cal street artists to dis­play along­side the Banksy, so you’ll find Wind­sor artists at Wolf­head, as well.

You can walk into the dis­tillery and see “Haight Street Rat” for free from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day.

Both evenings, how­ever, have tick­eted events.

There’s a Banksy din­ner party with Greif from 6:30 p.m. to mid­night Wed­nes­day at the dis­tillery. A clos­ing party Thurs­day even­ing will in­clude a range of na­tion­ally known DJs, in­clud­ing Statik Selek­tah.

Pro­ceeds from the lat­ter will ben­e­fit the United Way of Wind­sor-Es­sex County.

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