‘I don’t charge peo­ple to see my art un­less there’s a fair­ground wheel’

Bristol Post - - NEWS - Michael YONG michael.yong@reach­plc.com

BRIS­TOL street artist Banksy has warned peo­ple against ‘fake shows’ which have been set up in his name.

Ear­lier this year, the enig­matic artist dis­avowed any sup­port for a pop­u­lar ex­hi­bi­tion of his work in Moscow.

It comes af­ter a se­ries of shows were set up show­ing off Banksy’s great­est works, with­out the artist’s ac­knowl­edge­ment.

Banksy has now warned fans many of th­ese ex­hi­bi­tions were cre­ated with­out his knowl­edge and he would only charge peo­ple for his art only if there was “a fair­ground wheel”.

Writ­ing on his web­site un­der the head­line Prod­uct Re­call – Art of Banksy, he said: “Mem­bers of the pub­lic should be aware there has been a re­cent spate of Banksy ex­hi­bi­tions, none of which are con­sen­sual.

“They’ve been or­gan­ised en­tirely with­out the artist’s knowl­edge or in­volve­ment. Please treat them ac­cord­ingly.”

He lists all his free ex­hi­bi­tions, in­clud­ing the now fa­mous Walled Off Ho­tel and his first show in his home town at the Bris­tol Mu­seum.

And true to his word, the only show he charged for was Dis­ma­land in Trop­i­cana, We­ston-su­per-Mare, where a huge fair­ground wheel was put up..

The ‘fake shows’ which he claimed were not in his name all charged for en­trance.

He wrote that it cost $24 to get into the ex­hi­bi­tion in Tel Aviv, while or­gan­is­ers in Auck­land charged $23. Other shows in­clude the one in Moscow, for $7, and a show in Toronto, which cost $35 to get in.

Banksy’s Dis­ma­land was a big draw for crowds in We­ston-su­per-Mare in 2015

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