Banksy, ‘Morons (Sepia)’, 2007, Julien's Auctions
Banksy, ‘Morons (Sepia)’, 2007, Julien's Auctions
Banksy, ‘Morons (Sepia)’, 2007, Julien's Auctions

Framed: 34 x 26 in.

Banksy’s satirical critique of auctions and the contemporary art market that fuels them is blatantly inscribed across the fictitious work for sale. Banksy, who himself is unabashedly a part of this market, presents an image of an auction sales room that delights in the senseless consumption of anything labeled “art.” The print was originally released in conjunction with Banksy’s now famous 2006 show “Barely Legal,” held in a Los Angeles warehouse, his first major exhibition in the United States.

Signature: Signed and dated in pencil lower right "Banksy '07"

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.

British, Bristol, United Kingdom

Exhibition Highlights

Venice Biennale, 
Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy,