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Banksy Takes On Toronto

Banksy Takes On Toronto

Over the past 30 years, the enigmatic artist Banksy has become one of the world’s most influential and acclaimed artists, thanks to his graffiti-inspired, satirical and often politically driven work. His identity is a closely guarded secret, and Banksy’s now-iconic stencil technique is often-imitated but never equaled.

Now, Toronto will host the North American premiere of The Art of Banksy, a showcase featuring 80 original Banksy pieces. Opening in a raw space on Sterling Road on June 13 and closing on July 11, it’s the largest collection of Banksy art ever exhibited – and the cultural event of the summer. 

Curated by Banksy’s former agent Steve Lazarides, the exhibition displays several classics, including “Balloon Girl,” ranked in 2017 as the UK’s number one favorite artwork; “Flag Wall,” an urbanized interpretation of the famed photo of World War II soldiers at Iwo Jima; and “Laugh Now,” a thought-provoking piece with a foreboding message.

“This is a one-of-a-kind exhibition,” Lazarides says. “You will never again have the opportunity to see this many of Banksy’s works in one place. Once the exhibition is over, the artwork will be returned to art collectors around the world, and the chances that they will be displayed together again in the future are extremely slim.”

The Art of Banksy will provide the perfect launch pad for visitors to discover Toronto’s thriving arts scene, including world-renowned festivals, innovative events and spaces, incredible theatre and a welcoming creative community, all set against a backdrop of stunning architecture and inspired by Toronto’s diversity.

General tickets for The Art of Banksy are available now at www.banksyexhibit.com – and you should definitely grab yours well in advance. Worldwide demand for the exhibit is off-the-charts, and it will only be on display for four weeks in Toronto. This is one you don’t want to miss.

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