Selling street art

What are the problems faced when you want to sell beloved street art? And who exactly does it belong to anyway?

Monograph also looks at a fantastic new Tate exhibition and the mutli-disciplinary work of Benedict Drew.

Banksy travels along way from home

Banksy - Slave Labour There’s been an almighty fuss made this week by the removal of a Banksy mural from a wall in north London

Slave Labour had been located at the corner of Whymark Avenue in Wood Green, north London until part of the wall was removed – and turned up at an auction house in the US.

The artwork was due to be auctioned in Miami and had been expected to reach up to £450,000. Harringay Council asked the Arts Council to intervene but the council said there is little it can do as the mural is less than 50 years old and so excluded from Export Control. However, as a result of the publicity, the work has been withdrawn from the auction. It is possible that it is still in the UK as it will take some time to stabilise it before it can be shipped anywhere.

It sets an interesting precedent and raises a number of questions – will we see further Banksy murals cut out neatly from walls across the country?

How will the ultimate guerrilla artist react to his work being taken in this way? And will he act to prevent it in the future?

Our suggestion if you want your own Banksy – why not just buy a print and leave the public work where it belongs?

Dada and inspirations at the Tate

A truly great exhibition opened this week at The Tate Modern in London looking at the relationship between the great surrealist Marcel Duchamp and composer John Cage, choreographer Merce Cunningham and the artists Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns.

The exhibition starts with Duchamp’s paintings and moves through to piano performances of Cage’s music, paintings and sculptures by Johns and Rauschenberg, and sections devoted to chance, chess, the readymade and the remade object, and live presentations of Cunningham’s dances.

It is a hugely successful mixture of artistic disciplines, time frames and compulsory for anyone who has ever had interest in Dadaism, its impact – or any of the men’s work.


Benedict Drew – a ‘Future Great’

Monograph artist Benedict Drew has been selected as one of Art Review’s ‘Future Greats’, one of 28 groundbreaking artists.

Drew graduated from the Slade School of Art in 2011 and has frequently collaborated with a diverse mix of artists and musicians including Otomo Yoshihide, Rhodri Davies, Greg Pope, Emily Richardson, Sachiko M and Emma Hart performing often in the UK and internationally.

He has brought his work to the Tate Modern (with Sachiko M), the Yamaguchi Centre for Art, Japan (with Otomo Yoshihide) and (in collaboration with Emma Hart) to the Rotterdam Film Festival, ICA London, ‘Performa 09’ New York and The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art as part of ‘images festival’ where they received an OCAD Off Screen Award for the installation untitled seven.

For many years he curated the London Musicians’ Collective annual festival of experimental music. Benedict lives and works in Whitstable and Margate and you can see Monograph’s print of his Persuaders work here

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