Banksy exhibit opens at Fashion Show mall

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More than 70 Banksy pieces are on display in Las Vegas.
More than 70 Banksy pieces are on display in Las Vegas. Photo Credit: Banksy: Genius or Vandal

The work of anonymous and often controversial British street artist Banksy is on display in Immersion Vegas, an entertainment venue at the Fashion Show mall on the Las Vegas Strip, through April 5.

"Banksy: Genius or Vandal" includes 70 pieces of original artwork, 3-D objects, limited editions, photographs, video installations and a specially created multimedia presentation.

Producer EMS Entertainment gathered the work from private international collections for what it calls an "unofficial exhibition." A reported 1 million people have seen the works in previous extended engagements in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia; Madrid; and Lisbon.

"Banksy is one of the most intriguing, iconic and influential individuals in the modern art world," said Christoph Rahofer, president and CEO of EMS Entertainment. "His works are controversial, thought-provoking, topical, a challenge to the system and a violation of the law. We're thrilled to bring this groundbreaking exhibition to Las Vegas, where visitors will have the opportunity to decide for themselves: Is Banksy a genius or a vandal?"

"Stop Esso" is among the Banksy works on display.
"Stop Esso" is among the Banksy works on display. Photo Credit: Banksy: Genius or Vandal

Among the pieces displayed are the 700-pound "Stop Esso," "Rose Trap," "Holocaust Lipstick" and "Heavy Weaponry."  Banksy's dark humor and distinctive stenciling technique punctuate his satirical street art. His works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls and bridges of cities throughout the world.

His innovative work created what has been called the "Banksy Effect," propelling an increased interest and steeper prices for graffiti works at prestigious auctions. His "Devolved Parliament," depicting members of the House of Commons as chimps, sold for more than $12 million last fall at Sotheby's in London.

Exclusive merchandise and print-on-demand services are available at an adjacent retail shop at the Fashion Show.

Tickets are $29 for adults, $15 for children ages 4 to 11 (tax and fees not included) for one-hour time slots in the 12,000-square-foot-space. Go to Banksy.vegas for more information.

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