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Review: The Banksy "Greatest Hits"

July 11, 2018

As you’d expect from a show titled Greatest Hits, this exhibition of Banksy pieces from the first decade of this century, focuses on quality rather than quantity. Set over two floors of the huge townhouse in Mayfair that houses the Lazinc Gallery, this is one of the most comprehensive exhibitions of Banksy’s secondary market work in one place.

Procured from private collections around the world, this summer show at Lazinc in London features some of the rarest and most iconic Banksy screen prints, paintings and sculpture. Following the rise and rise of the artist, some of the early and rarest works include Steve Lazarides’ personally owned stencilled canvas, ‘Avon and Somerset Constabulary’ as well as some of the artist’s more infamous works, such as ‘Flower Thrower’, ‘Girl With Balloon’ and the ‘Laugh Now’ monkey. The sheer scale of 2006’s heart-wrenching ‘Media’ painting, depicting a film crew preventing medics attending to a desperate child, as well as Trolley Hunters from the seminal ‘Barely Legal’ show in LA, and ‘Turf War’ may surprise visitors. As no museum or gallery currently holds Banksy work within their permanent collections, this is one of the best places to see the work of one of the world’s most famous artists close up.  

Banksy, Greatest Hits will be on view in London from July 12—August 25, 2018