The artist, known only as Banksy, has had a flimsy relationship with copyright – he famously said it was “for losers” and then went on to lose lawsuits claiming ownership of his work – so when he’s close at all to co-sign something, it is It is not just rare, but cause of cross-border celebration.
BanksyRizzoli Electa’s new book about the anonymous graffiti legend, released on June 28 for $ 40, is as “authorized as any Banksy release could be,” according to its press release.
Created in collaboration with Banksys Management Company, Pest Control, Banksy is a large catalog of the artist’s legacy, from his early days tagging the UK to ambitious projects such as Dismaland and The Walled-Off Hotel.
Of course, Banksy plays all hits, from Girl with balloon to Pulp Fictionbut there are also a number of Banksy’s “fine art,” self-published books, installations, and pieces of merchandise, including some pieces that have never been published in any other collection of Banksy’s works.
Banksy is authored by Stefano Antonelli and Gianluca Marziani, the former of which was co-curated by one of Banksy’s first exhibitions in Rome back in 2016, although it was not approved by the artist.
Antonelli and Maziani’s experience is perhaps best represented by one of the charts inside Banksy which exhaustively traces Banksy’s career in one practical, semi-easy-to-read chart.
With a wave of fake Banksy shows and bootleg products constantly in print around the world, it’s rare to see something that bears Banksy’s name and that actually has the author’s blessing.
note that Banksy however, is not necessarily “authorized”, as it is not actually released with Banksy or Pest Control, but given the level of access that Rizzoli’s team was given by the artist, it comes pretty close.
For Banksy fans yearning for news from the withdrawn Briton, it’s probably good enough. And if not, Rizzoli has another (ace-authorized Banksy book on the way, too).