GRAF­FITI GURU

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Fresh off the hugely pop­u­lar Art Gallery of On­tario Yayoi Kusama: In­fin­ity Mir­rors ex­hibit, Toronto lands an­other artis­tic coup this sum­mer with the North Amer­i­can pre­mière of The Art of Banksy. The show boasts more than 80 works by the enig­matic (and anony­mous) Britain-based street artist, whose pieces tend to­ward po­lit­i­cally charged and sub­ver­sive graf­fiti im­ages that pop up in pub­lic spa­ces around the world. The Art of Banksy fea­tures pho­to­graphs of street art­works as well as orig­i­nal sculp­tures and other works staged at a mixed-use in­dus­trial build­ing. As Steve Lazarides, Banksy’s former man­ager and cu­ra­tor of the ex­hibit, noted, “We wanted to get the work and bring it out to the peo­ple … oth­er­wise, there’s not a chance in hell that they’re ever go­ing to see this num­ber of Banksy art­works to­gether in one place.” (The Art of Banksy, 213 Ster­ling Rd., June 13-July 11. banksyex­hibit.com)

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