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Sticker - Authorised Graffiti Area

Authorised Graffiti Area

  • Object:

    Sticker

  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 2004 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Banksy (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Digital print sticker on Crack-Back plus paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Riikka Kuittinen

  • Museum number:

    E.391-2005

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case SA, shelf 5

This sticker by Banksy adopts the visual language of street signs. Stickers like these are a part of the street art phenomenon, usually stuck on walls alongside stencil work and tag graffiti, in urban areas. The simplicity and cheapness of the medium makes it attractive for young artists, and stickers can be seen not only at graffiti sites, but on public transport and advertising posters.

Banksy is perhaps the best-known graffiti artist working in Britain today, and his influence extends far beyond the urban environment. His stencils, often political, and underlined with humour, adorn walls from London to Barcelona. His most memorable stunts, or interventions, include hanging one of his own paintings at Tate Britain (which went undetected for hours) and mounting a stuffed rat at London’s Natural History Museum. Although most of his work pokes fun at royalty or religion, perhaps his most interesting work has been in the anti-war vein.

Physical description

A white sticker with a black image within a red circle showing a pictogram symbol of a man with spray can, with lettering below reading AUTHORISED GRAFFITI AREA and in smaller type BY ORDER NATIONAL HIGHWAYS AGENCY APPLIES TO STICKERED SURFACE ONLY EU DIRECTIVE 016/BNK/5Y

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)

Date

ca. 2004 (made)

Artist/maker

Banksy (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Digital print sticker on Crack-Back plus paper

Marks and inscriptions

AUTHORISED / GRAFFITI AREA / BY ORDER NATIONAL HIGHWAYS AGENCY / APPLIES TO STICKERED SURFACE ONLY / EU DIRECTIVE 016/BNK/5Y
Bottom of sticker

Dimensions

Height: 15 cm, Width: 10.5 cm

Descriptive line

Sticker by Banksy, British, ca. 2004.

Subjects depicted

Graffiti; Traffic signs

Categories

Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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