Chicago Sun-Times

BANKSY CHICAGO EXHIBIT LOCATION REVEALED, OPENING SET FOR AUGUST

- BY MIRIAM DI NUNZIO, STAFF REPORTER mdinunzio@suntimes.com | @miriamdinu­nzio banksyexhi­bit.com/chicago/.

It’s among the hottest tickets in town: the “Art of Banksy” exhibit heading to Chicago.

And now we know when and where it will take place.

The exhibit will be staged at the Epiphany Center for the Arts, 201 S. Ashland Ave., with a new opening date of Aug. 7 (reschedule­d from July 1).

“The Art of Banksy” will be housed in the 42,000-square-foot Epiphany Hall, formerly The Church of the Epiphany, a landmark building dating to 1885 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The exhibit will run through Oct. 31.

The news was exclusivel­y revealed to the Sun-Times on Wednesday.

As part of one of the largest touring art exhibition­s in the world, the works presented in the show — including the “big three”: “Flower Thrower,” “Rude Copper” and “Balloon Girl” — have been culled from more than 80 of the mysterious street artist’s prints, canvasses, screen prints and sculptures held in private collection­s.

“All the pieces are from private collectors that Banksy sold to. Nothing has been taken from the street,” said Corey Ross, president & CEO of Starvox Exhibits, which is presenting the exhibit in conjunctio­n with [collectiv presents]. (Starvox is a subsidiary of Starvox Entertainm­ent, the Toronto-based agency behind “Evil Dead: The Musical,” “Potted Potter: The Unauthoriz­ed Harry Experience” and “Immersive Van Gogh.”)

“They’ve been living in private homes or investors’ warehouses. So it’s a view behind the scenes of Banksy’s oeuvre. It’s an amazing opportunit­y to see this quantity of Banksy works. There’s no city in the world that has 80 pieces in one place.”

The exhibit will span the interior spaces of the Epiphany, with a majority of the works on display in the former church’s main sanctuary, making use of its vaulted ceilings and flying buttresses, Ross said. “We have other works in various small side rooms as well as the catacombs in the basement.”

Tickets for the exhibit went on sale in May with the venue still unnamed, and many dates quickly sold out. Tickethold­ers affected by the new opening date will be notified via email about exchanges or refunds. With pandemic capacity limits lifted, there will be more availabili­ty each day, Ross said. In addition, a new block of tickets will go on sale at 2 p.m. Saturday incorporat­ing the new capacity and new dates.

Tickets ($29.99-$99.99) for “The Art of Bansky” are available at

 ?? COURTESY THE ART OF BANKSY ?? Banksy, “Flower Thrower,” is among the artist’s works featured in “The Art of Banksy.”
COURTESY THE ART OF BANKSY Banksy, “Flower Thrower,” is among the artist’s works featured in “The Art of Banksy.”

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