The female Banksy?

Back-off Banksy – there’s a new lady in town! Monograph takes a look at the work of Bambi, checks out Bowie at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and – could Wills and Kate be the new faces of contemporary art?

A female Bansky you say?

There’s another street artist on the rise in the capital. Hailed as the ‘female Banksy’, Bambi is taking the city by storm.

Her work, more celebrity topical than political propaganda, has a hint of arrogance to it.

A firm favourite with the celebrity set, she has already been commissioned by Kate Moss, Adele and Rhianna to name a few.

However unlike Bansky who is rarely quoted in media, Bambi has already jumped on the media gravy train – even speaking to the likes of Grazia magazine.

After her first exhibition, held at Walton Fine Arts Gallery in Knightsbridge, for which she used a mix of spray paint, diamond dust and gold leaf to create her pieces, some have touted Bambi as an upper class street artist with good connections.

Still she emphasises her Hoxton roots and there’s no denying her work has a very definite appeal, mixing together some of the celebrity comment of Stella Vine with street-style as this Amy Winehouse print shows.

David Bowie at the V&A

The hotly anticipated exhibition David Bowie is opened this month, and the question on everyone’s lips is – will Bowie make an appearance?

The V&A were invited in to the world of Bowie and given unprecedented access to his vast archives and began curating the first ever international retrospective of his career.

The exhibition, in partnership with Gucci, will showcase more than 300 objects including: handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, films, personal musical instruments and set designs.

If, like us, you’re die hard Bowie fans, we suggest you go to the special event being hosted over the weekend of the 26-28 of April. Workshops, talks and activities galore.

Go get your Bowie on.

Kate & Wills, the new faces of contemporary art?

Curator of the Tudor and Stuart court art at the V&A Tessa Murdoch has suggested that the younger Royals should be investing in “cutting-edge and modern art” in order for them to encourage young artistic talent. Or, in simpler terms, to make art ‘cool’.

In a time when art is becoming more accessible to the masses, and only the wealthy class keep a stake in the originals, is it such a bad idea to have the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge fuelling the art market?

Obviously, Jamie Reid won’t be hanging on the palace walls any time soon, and we can’t imagine Old Liz commissioning Banksy to work his magic on the walls of Buckingham Palace. And, after the recent unfortunate official painting of Kate not going down so well, maybe it is time for the Royals to look into this ever growing market.

Who knows, Peter Blake might do his next collage with the Royals…

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