Southampton’s Keszler Gallery Presents Banksy’s Street Works

In an ambitious undertaking, the Keszler Gallery (with a Manhattan location on Madison Avenue) has acquired a number of original Banksy street works, some weighing several tons, for an exhibition in Southampton this month. Also included in the exhibition are a number of original prints. Many of the street works are sections of concrete walls gathered from around the globe, which are too heavy to exhibit in the gallery’s two Southampton locations. For this exhibit, the gallery has leased the town’s original power plant to house the art during this show. Being huge Banksy fans, Geoffrey and I made the trek out to Southampton this past Saturday for the opening reception and it turned out to be well worth the haul!

Flying Copper (2003) (All Photos By Geoffrey Dicker)

Geoffrey was lucky enough to see the huge Banksy exhibit at the museum in Bristol, England a couple of years ago but, aside from the Village Pet Store and perhaps one or two isolated pieces in a group show,  this was my first experience seeing a Banksy  collection in a  gallery setting. The space for this show is very fitting as it is an abandoned power plant whose high ceilings, shattered windows, rough-hewn doorways and concrete walls make the perfect gallery setting for some of these “canvases” that are basically concrete slabs themselves.

Up Close: Out of Bed Rat (Los Angeles, 2002) Stencil and Spraypaint on Stucco

Kate Moss

Stop and Search (Bethlehem, 2007) Stencil and Spraypaint on Reconstituted Stone

One of the larger works on display is Stop & Search (see above) which was executed in Bethlehem when Banksy returned to the area  after his publicized installation in 2005 of nine murals on the controversial West Bank Barrier. These works were later removed and transported to London for restoration. Another of these large scale pieces, Wet Dog, is also on display in Southampton.

Adding to the evening’s buzz created by just being around such storied art was the awesome set of party tunes provided by DJ Twilo, free flowing cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres. Art Party in the Hamptons!

G and G in front of Bansky’s Controversial Kissing Coppers (2005)

Laugh Now (Brighton UK, 2002), Stencil and Spraypaint on Fiber Board

Banksy Is The Bomb (Bomb Hugger, 2003)

Exhibit Hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from  2 to 7 PM and by appointment at the 200 North Sea Road location in Southampton.

3 thoughts on “Southampton’s Keszler Gallery Presents Banksy’s Street Works”

  1. Wow, that looks like it would have been a great exhibit. And you two look pretty cute together. Sounds like you had a fun day!

  2. What a fun day. So worth it to see all those Banksy’s in one place. Thanks to the Keszler Gallery for a great night of fun and art!

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