‘Art of Banksy’ exhibit may be coming to Chicago

Doug George, Chicago Tribune
·1 min read

The traveling exhibit “The Art of Banksy” is bound for Chicago, according to posts Thursday on social media. Advertised as containing “80 pieces of Banksy art” that are “valued at $35 million,” the show is put on by Starvox Entertainment of Toronto, the same producers of the current, popular “Immersive Van Gogh” in the former Germania Club building in Old Town.

True to Banksy form, the posts were enigmatic when in came to dates and a venue for the show. But the show it also bills itself as unauthorized: “This exhibition is unauthorized by Banksy and not curated with the artist’s involvement. All works on display come from private collections.”

Given that it’s curated by Steve Lazarides, the former agent of the famed, famously anonymous British street artist, that appears legit: Lazarides and Banksy parted ways more than a decade ago. (Another clue: Teaser images at www.banksyexhibit.com suggesting both Banksy images such as “Smiling Copper” duplicated and used as decoration, and a sizable gift shop.)

“The Art of Banksy” was previously in Miami, opening in late 2018.

dgeorge@chicagotribune.com

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