The Welsh Steelworker Who Owns Banksy’s Newest Mural Needs Help to Protect the Valuable Attraction From Its Fans

SOURCE: Artnet.com

The Welsh owner of the garage that Banksy transformed his into latest canvas is having difficulties shouldering the costs of securing the valuable mural. Despite being helped by the Hollywood star Michael Sheen, who grew up in Port Talbot and donated thousands of dollars to protect the artwork, the steelworker Ian Lewis is struggling to care for his surprise Christmas gift from Banksy.

“I’m actually managing an art attraction by myself,” Lewis, who owns the garage, told the BBC. “It’s very surreal. I’ve been in freefall. It’s just all been so much

Sotheby's Gets Banksy'ed at Contemporary Art Auction in London

SOURCE: Sotheby’s

In a moment that caught the art world by surprise, Banksy’s Girl with Balloon self-destructed just as the final hammer signaled the end of an evening of auctions in London. The work sold for £1,042,000 ($1.4 million), tying the artist’s record in pounds at auction previously achieved in 2008.

BANKSY'S  GIRL WITH RED BALLOON  MYSTERIOUSLY SHREDS FOLLOWING ITS SALE AT SOTHEBY'S LONDON. IMAGE COURTESY OF  CASTERLINE GOODMAN GALLERY  .

BANKSY'S GIRL WITH RED BALLOON MYSTERIOUSLY SHREDS FOLLOWING ITS SALE AT SOTHEBY'S LONDON. IMAGE COURTESY OF CASTERLINE GOODMAN GALLERY .

French street artist Invader heads ‘into the white cube’ for a solo show — and into the streets for a new L.A. ‘invasion'

KAWS,  Holiday  (2019).

KAWS, Holiday (2019).

SOURCE: latimes.com

This is the anonymous French street artist “Invader,” known globally for his mosaic tile works, featuring pixelated versions of the Space Invader video game character, that he illicitly puts up on building facades from Paris to Perth, Hong Kong to Kathmandu. He’s visiting from Paris for his solo exhibition, “Into the White Cube,” which includes his first ever publicly displayed canvas works. They’re being installed now at the downtown Arts District gallery.