Laugh Now by Banksy. Street art. Printed on top quality canvas and stretched on 0.75 pine wood bars. Ships ready to hang.
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Originally appearing in 2002, Banksys Laugh Now, Sandwich Board-Wearing Monkey sold at a 2008 Bonhams Urban Art sale for nearly $500,000. Stenciled in black and white on boards, Banksy painted ten such monkeys in a row. The monkeys stand upright, as would a human being. While their eyes are not visible, it is clear from the hang of their heads, the slope of their shoulders, the downturned corners of their mouths that these monkeys feel rather downtrodden. The full text of the sign board reads, Laugh now, but one day well be in charge.‰
The piece brings to mind the long-standing feud man has had with his fellow primate. Rage, disbelief, and fear that it might be so followed Darwins Theory of Evolution asserting that the ape was mans ancestor. This fear led man to ridicule monkey, disparaging any link between the two species. Used as charming thieves in streets shows, dressed up as organ grinders, these primates were encouraged by the intellectually superior humans to perform demeaning tasks.
Despite not calling himself an artist, Banksy has been considered by some as talented in that respect; he uses his original street art form, combined with Banksy stencil style. Due to the shroud of secrecy surrounding his real identity and his subversive character, Banksy has achieved somewhat of a cult following with his street art from some of the younger age group within the stenciling community. Tagging walls and billboards in the dark of night, sneaking around with a secret identity in urban areas. Leaving his political mark on the world for all to enjoy for free.
The infamous UK guerrilla artist, Banksy, is hitting the streets hard in London, Bristol, Australia, the USA, and just about everywhere in between. It‰۪s not only the curiosity of his identity that makes the artist famous, it‰۪s his impeccable political pieces and artwork that stir up discussions on the underlying themes. By calling attention to the issues depicted in his pieces, Banksy‰۪s controversial work requires people to think deeply about the issues he‰۪s attempting to bring to light.