Art of Banksy comes to Austin in high secrecy immersive event

Street artist Banksy has always been known for his secrecy, and Austin will get a taste of that when the new immersive art exhibition, Banksylandcomes to town for a short period, July 22-24.

It will take place at an undisclosed location somewhere in Austin that will be revealed to ticket holders just two weeks before the event opens. Banksyland is an international traveling exhibition that immerses the public in the work of the elusive artist, according to the event website. As of now, the only hint we have is an Austin zip code: 78712, which covers parts of the University of Texas campus.

Also scheduled to be in the Dallas Arts District, June 24, July 4, and Houston, August 12-14, the exhibit will showcase more than 80 pieces and installations, including original and studio works, salvaged street art, and never-before-seen works of art. immersive installations.

Despite having produced art since the 1990s, Banksy’s identity remains unknown. He was reportedly born in Bristol, England in the mid-1970s and emerged from Bristol’s graffiti and street art scene. His work became known for several high-profile conceptual stunts, including the illegal placement of subversive pieces in some of the art world’s most sacred galleries. Perhaps his most famous joke was when he installed an automatic shredder in the frame of his iconic Balloon Girl painting, causing the piece to self-destruct when sold at auction.

Banksy’s most recognizable works are stencilled graffiti that combine everyday images with unexpected objects and slogans. Sometimes cynical, sometimes hopeful, Banksy’s work is decidedly political, centered on militarism, consumerism, capitalism and greed. His iconic stencil pieces depicting rats, monkeys and police officers have been spotted around the world and attract a lot of attention wherever they appear.

The Austin event takes place over three days, July 22-24, with multiple time slots starting at noon each day. Tickets range from $22-$59 and are on sale now at banksyland.com.

The exhibition is produced by One Thousand Ways, an international art collective specializing in innovative immersive events.

Banksy is the latest artist to receive immersive treatment in Texas, including the popular “Beyond Van Gogh” experience at Austin’s Circuit of The Americas.

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