On a busy evening of 12th of May 2021 at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction convention was thrown out the window. Lot 104, numerically, may not have much significance but the work itself certainly does. Measuring 90cm x 90cm and featuring a masked man throwing a bouquet of flowers at an invisible enemy (or perhaps the auction estimate), the simple yet powerful “Love is in the Air” by British street artist Banksy smashed its estimate into pieces. Listed at between 3,000,000 - 5,000,000 GBP Love Is In The Air from the edition of 15 blew away all expectations and went for 11,000,000 GBP. Likewise, the decision to list payment in Cryptocurrency further added excitement as the old seemed to be taken over by the new.
Banksy: Castles In The Sky, Basel Switzerland
Our latest unofficial Banksy museum exhibition, “Building Castles In The Sky” recently featured in Forbes Magazine’s online culture section. Written by Nel-Olivia Waga, the article details her experience and insights into the exhibition based around her values of "Conscious Luxury".
An insight into the work
Girl with Balloon also known as Balloon Girl is, undoubtedly, one of Banky’s most popular works. Deceptively simple, the artwork features a young girl reaching out to a balloon. As with many of the elusive artist’s pieces it communicates a raw and powerful message that belies the simple imagery. First appearing as street murals across London in 2002, the work famously was graffitied in Waterloo Bridge with the caption “there is always hope” amongst other locations in the city. In our latest blog we explore the meaning of the work, its history and popularity.
Born in Pennsylvania, in 1958, Haring was inspired by Walt Disney and Dr Seuss to start drawing as a child. The basic cartoon drawing that he developed, inspired by these two icons of Americana and his father, led him to the Ivy School of Professional Art in Pittsburgh, a commercial arts school, where he became disinterested in commercial art and pursued a career as a graphic artist, dropping out after two semesters.