New Banksy art exhibitions in the London gallery
An east London gallery, Hang-Up, which began life ten years ago in a friend’s room, hosts an iteration of a Banksy work of art that was deleted of a wall in LA just days after it appeared there in 2010.
Founded by Ben Cotton in 2008, Hang-Up has long been a supplier of works by this elusive street artist, having shown both prints and originals since its inception. The gallery has also helped foster the careers of the Connor Brothers, Joe Webb, Mark Powell, Magnus Gjoen and Lauren Baker, many of whom had their first exhibitions there. Having moved into its first gallery space in 2012, before moving to its current location at 81 Stoke Newington Road, to mark a decade from the start, Hang-Up is hosting ten weeks of celebrations, including workshops, lectures, exclusive music and concerts. limited editions. Entitled collectively Hang ten, the show will honor ten of its most famous artists, officially opening to the public on June 23.
The centerpiece of the celebrations is Banksy’s rarely seen work, “Firestarter,” which features Charlie Brown holding a match and a can of gasoline. The work was recreated in 2016 after its first appearance in Los Angeles, but was immediately transported from the artist’s studio to its buyer and has yet to be seen in a public space in this form of life. Alongside Banksy, Oddly Head’s dystopian texts will rub shoulders with Harland Miller’s interpretation of the Penguin Classics book covers, and visitors downstairs will be able to see Lauren Baker’s neon work.
Hang-Up is also home to the UK’s largest permanent Banksy exhibition space, The Banksy Bunker, which also doubles as a bar. During the ten-year celebrations, however, the Hang-Up filled the space with works by the group on display.
Other highlights of the celebrations will include free events such as an anti-Trump protest poster workshop with Kennardphillipps, an aura reading workshop with Lauren Baker, the opportunity to create one of weird headfamous ice cream cone sculptures and a live drawing session with Mark Powell.
Hang-Ten’s Hang-Ten and accompanying celebrations will begin on June 23 and run through September 2, 2018. More information here