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