Banksy, ‘Blowpop Records’, ca. 1999, Julien's Auctions

This black aerosol stencil was designed by Banksy for a limited release of the Capoeira Twins’ 12" promotional record containing the tracks "4X3" and "Truth Will Out." Executed on a white cardboard record sleeve, the stencil depicts a matador shaking a cape at a 1970s era muscle car with bull horns mounted to its roof. Banksy is said to have befriended the owner of Blowpop Records and offered to create an album cover free of charge—fewer than 100 of these sleeves are known to exist. Recently Banksy drew much attention for his “Dismaland” installation, which took the form of a massive post-apocalyptic theme park in western England.

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About Banksy

Whether plastering cities with his trademark parachuting rat, painting imagined openings in the West Bank barrier in Israel, or stenciling “We’re bored of fish” above a penguins’ zoo enclosure, Banksy creates street art with an irreverent wit and an international reputation that precedes his anonymous identity. “TV has made going to the theatre seem pointless, photography has pretty much killed painting,” he says, “but graffiti has remained gloriously unspoilt by progress.” Banksy has gained his notoriety through a range of urban interventions, from modifying street signs and printing his own currency to illegally hanging his own works in institutions such as the Louvre and the Museum of Modern Art. Most often using spray paint and stencils, Banksy has crafted a signature, immediately identifiable graphic style—and a recurring cast of cops, soldiers, children, and celebrities—through which he critically examines contemporary issues of consumerism, political authority, terrorism, and the status of art and its display.

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