Banky's 2013 work in Manhattan Banky's 2013 work in Manhattan

 

And from Basquiat's tagging of New York there came a pilgrimage of street artists moving to the city to mark it themselves. One of the most famous artists of the  21st century to do so was the enigmatic Banksy.

Banksy, Hell’s Kitchen, 2013 Banksy, Hell's Kitchen, 2013

In 2013, the artist took up residency in New York for his project entitled Better Out Than In. China Town, Chelsea, Bushwick, Williamsburg and Manhattan's Lower East Side became Banksy's canvas.

blocked-wide Banksy, Greenpoint, 2013

And his works were not limited to walls. The eleventh piece in his residency, Sirens of the Lambs, featured stuffed animals, accompanied by recordings of the animals' crying, huddled into the back of a slaughterhouse delivery truck, that drove through Manhattan's Meatpacking District.

Next week, Banksy's work will return to New York in an auction to be held by Forum. The sale, taking place on December 12, will feature such works as Bomb Hugger and Napalm.

11196-1_1 Banksy, Bomb Love (Bomb Hugger) Screenprint in colors, 2003, signed and dated in black ink, numbered from the edition of 150 in pencil, on wove paper, printed and published by Pictures on Walls, London

Bomb hugger depicts a young girl hugging a bomb tight to her chest. It was first created by Banksy in 2003 and appeared on a wall in the East End of London.

11152-1_1 Banksy, Napalm Screenprint in colors, 2004, numbered from the edition of 500 in pencil, on wove paper, printed and published by Pictures on Walls, London, with their blindstamp, with full margins, sheet 500 x 700mm (19 5/8 x 27 1/2in)

One of Banksy's most haunting works is Napalm Girl, which he created a year after Bomb Hugger. It features a reproduction of one of the 20th century's most recognisable images of war. The photograph of Vietnamese-Canadian Phan Thị Kim Phúc OOnt was captured in Trang Bang by photographer Nick Ut in 1972. The nine year old can be seen running naked through the street suffering with burns from a napalm attack.

Banksy's recreation depicts Phan Thị Kim Phúc OOnt running between Ronald McDonald and Mickey Mouse.

11196-2_1-2 Banksy, Morons (Sepia) Screenprint in colors, 2007, signed, dated and numbered from the edition of 300 in pencil, on Somerset wove paper, printed and published by Pictures on Walls, London, with their blindstamp, with full margins, sheet 560 x 755mm (22 x 28 3/4in)

Forum's Banksy NYC auction will take place on December 12, 2017 at 26 E, 64th Street, New York. Check out more here.

 

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