December 3—8, 2013
Art Miami Pavilion
3201 NE 1st Avenue, Miami, FL
Cheryl Hazan Contemporary art is pleased to announce its
participation in the Context Miami Art Fair during Art Basel
Miami Beach. The gallery is featuring two original Banksy
pieces both titled Smiling Copper on Cardboard at the fair.
Banksy is a UK based graffiti artist known for his witty political
and social commentary in the form of public street art stencils
and other projects including pranks and performance.
Smiling Copper on Cardboard was created for the WUK
Kunsthalle Exnergasse in Vienna 2003. The smiling cop
imagery is seen in a number of other Bansky works including
Have a Nice Day, 2004, a screenprint based on his original
street piece on a bridge on Old Street London where a posse
of riot police with their smiles look down on commuters.
Among many other events and circumstances of our time, the
Hartcliffe Riot of 1992 in Bristol influenced Banksy’s political
perspective as a youth and is still evident in his work,
particularly those that include imagery of riot police. Via the
medium of stenciling, Banksy has the ability to impact a wide
range of people and include public space as content. It adds a
particular weight and intention to the impact of his work.
Stencils have been used in history to instigate revolutions and
enable Banksy to work illusively, secretly, and quickly. Banksy
is a pseudonym for his real name, and this anonymity
elevates and enriches the status of his work.
Banksy is seen by many as the most important street artist
since Basquiat. The impact of his work stretches to all parts of
the world and reaches a vast breadth of people. His highest
selling piece to date is a defaced Damien Hirst original “Keep
it Spotless” which sold for $1.8 million in 2008. Recently, he
finished a month long residency in New York City. Each day
of October Banksy created a new piece or performance. His
work was a striking presence in the community and received
constant press and recognition. He incorporated public space,
tourism, consumerism, politics, and society in an artist-asactivist
Cheryl Hazan Contemporary Art, located on the ground floor
in TriBeCa, exhibits abstract, contemporary, and process
based works by regional & international emerging, mid-career,
& established artists. The gallery’s artists have exhibited
widely in museums and galleries, and are in numerous private
and corporate collections. Founded in 2001 by Cheryl Hazan,
the gallery specializes in placing medium and large-scale
work in residences, corporate offices, hotels, and public
spaces and has in-house consultants available to work with
clients. The gallery has participated in many art fairs including
the Houston Fine Art Fair, Art Hamptons, and Bridge Art Fair.