Google Launches Street Art Project, Sotheby’s Honours Banksy – artmarketblog.com

google street art project Google Launches Street Art Project, Sotheby’s Honours Banksy   artmarketblog.comDespite the predictions of certain art world identities that street art was nothing more than a fad, it hasn’t gone away. In fact the market for street art has only strengthened in recent years with prices continuing to rise in conjunction with the increased recognition from the cultural sector.

Street art has been given another major boost by Google who today launched a new project aimed at documenting and preserving street art from the around the world through the Google Art Project. Developed in conjunction with street art experts, the project gives viewers access to more than 5000 images and around 100 exhibitions.

The Google Street Art Project features contributions from collections all over the world including Dallas Contemporary, São Paulo Street Art, Filipino Street Art Project, Street Art 13, Street Art NYC, Street Art Rome, and Street Art London, to name a few.

Thanks to Google the works of renowned street artists such as Os Gemeos, Roa, Vhils, and JR can now be viewed online along with a range of educational resources that chart the history of street art and contextualize the documented works.

The launch of Google’s Street Art Project coincidentally coincides with the opening of Banksy: The Unauthorised Retrospective at the Sotheby’s S|2 Gallery in London. Heralded as the first, unauthorized, and largest retrospective of works of Banksy’s work, the selling exhibition was curated by gallerist Steve Lazarides who was the agent for Banksy from the beginning of his career until 2008.

The exhibition focuses on the period that Banksy was involved with Lazarides who has selected more than 70 seminal paintings, sculptures, and prints that he believes were pivotal in the artist’s rapid rise. Key works include “Avon and Somerset Constabulary” from the 2000 Bristol Severnshed show as well as the 2006 “Crude Oil” work “Guantanamo Bay” which was exhibited in LA in 2006. Prices range from £4,000 to over £500,000.

According to Fru Tholstrup, Director of S|2 in London, “Banksy is more than just a street artist – he is a true cultural phenomenon of our time. Although we all feel we know the images he’s produced over the years, there’s hardly ever been an opportunity to see together the full range of his best-known works. We’re also thrilled to be working with Steve Lazarides, the man who saw and cultivated this remarkable artist from the very beginning.”

**Nicholas Forrest is a Sydney/London based art market analyst, art consultant and writer.  He is the founder of the Art Market Blog (artmarketblog.com) which offers independent commentaries as well as research and analysis on the current art market, and has recently been published in Fabrik magazine, Verve magazine, Visual Art Beat magazine, Australian Art Collector magazine, Art & Investment magazine and many others.  Nic has made several radio appearances (both nationally and internationally) as an art market expert and has received press from the likes of the New York Times, Conde Nast Portfolio and Times of London.

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