A Painting Banksy Vandalized To Highlight Climate Change Is Predicted To Fetch $5 Million
“Subject to availability”, a painting “destroyed” by Banksy to highlight climate change will achieve another auction record.
The artwork shows an illegible version of a 1980 Albert Bierstadt oil painting depicting Mount Rainier National Park.
Relatives | Burnt Banksy sells as an NFT for over $ 400,000
The work sheds light on the dangers of climate change by offering an additional perspective on the beautiful landscape that Bierstadt represents. Banksy simply added an asterisk to say, “For a limited time, subject to availability.”
“Banksy’s witty dialogue with the art-historical canon brings the painting sharply into the current context of the global climate crisis,” said Katharine Arnold, co-director of post-war and contemporary art at Christie’s, in an interview with Artnet News. “Ten years after it was founded,” she adds, “the idyllic park depicted has been closed to the public since February 2020 due to severe floods and landslides.”
“Subject to Availability” is expected to raise between £ 3 million and £ 5 million through Christie’s. Last year, a 2005 Banksy parody of a Monet painting that added carts and a discarded traffic cone to the famous garden scene beat all estimates when it sold for £ 7.5 million at auction.
Banksy’s “Subject to Availability” is on view through May 7 as part of the exhibition “Off the Wall: Basquiat to Banksy” in the galleries of Christie’s King Street, along with works by artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.
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