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Art Basel Miami Beach | Art Miami CONTEXT | Banksy Work Causes Controversy

By Ken Storey

While walking around CONTEXT Art Miami 2012, , we were excited to see actual Banksy pieces. Out of Bed Rat was one large piece roped off, under a tent, in between CONTEXT Art Miami and another art tent/show. Another piece, Haight Street Rat, was inside the VIP lounge inside the show tent. Three other pieces we on display, but to crowded by onlookers to get a good photo.

How did these pieces get there? Some of the talk was not flattering to the presenting gallery. Each piece was taken from its original location to be sold at the show, a move that Banksy has come out against. He questioned if the works were even his and has gone on to say that no gallery has a right to sell the pieces. Stephen Keszler, the man behind the gallery, says he has every right to sell the pieces as they were left on public spaces. 

To learn about each piece and their original locations, read Art Miami's 'Banksy: Out of CONTEXT'.



Out of Bed Rat, originally found in L.A. along Melrose Ave in 2002



Haight Street Rat is from San Francisco's bay area street and was made in 2010 

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