It’s dark times for the Euro that keeps on tumbling down.
According to the Wall Street Journal “The euro fell against the dollar Wednesday after the European Central Bank said it would stop accepting Greek bonds as collateral for central bank loans, reviving investors’ concerns about possible upheaval in the eurozone. The euro dropped 1.1% against the dollar to $1.1348 in late afternoon trade, erasing most of Tuesday’s rally and bringing the single currency closer to an 11-year low.”
Bloomberg “Euro volatility is reaching levels unseen in three years as currency traders adjust positions on the outcome of Greece’s debt talks.”
Does the Bristol-born graffiti legend have an impersonator in Cumbria?
In both cases a man fitting the profile of the legendary graffitist (white, forties, well-spoken English accent) introduced himself as “Robin Banks” another name used by Banksy.
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From the 2nd of February…. Pop Masters & Contemporaries.. a brand new show showcasing Pop Art Masters like Tom Wesselmann, Robert Indiana and Takashi Murakami and Pop-inspired up and coming artists Robert Hilmersson and Richard Zarzi.
NEW YORK – Artist Takashi Murakami joined the leaders of UNICEF, Spanish soccer club FC Barcelona and the director of the Reach Out To Asia campaign in New York on Friday to launch a joint drive to improve the lives of marginalized children in Bangladesh, Indonesia and Nepal.
The “1 in 11″ campaign involves artists and world-famous athletes, including Argentine soccer superstar Lionel Messi and American tennis pro Serena Williams, to raise global awareness of the fact that 58 million out of 650 million children of primary school age, or 1 in 11 youngsters, are not in classrooms.
“Through my participation in this campaign I have been learning a lot about the actual condition of the children around the world,” Murakami said.
“If participation in the campaign can help improve the situation even little by little, it would be wonderful,” he said.
Murakami is one of 17 artists who will donate works to a major auction at Sotheby’s in London on Feb. 12.
London street artist Bambi has created a powerful new stencilled piece of street art on a ”virgin” (bare brick, un-painted) wall in a high profile location in Shoreditch.
The subject is Michael Brown, though the image looks more like Obama (the ears?) repeated 5 times in a manner which ironically is a bit reminiscent of Warhol’s multiple gun toting Elvis image . The wall is right opposite Cargo night club and sits facing a couple of famous Bansky images, which also reminds us that Bambi has been often acclaimed (without foundation) as the female Banksy.
Earlier this month, The Atlantic’s Kriston Capps proposed a curious question: What if Banksy is a woman? In his following analysis, Capps went as far to claim that the cheeky British street artist is “probably” a she, chastising the public for assuming that such a dominant pop cultural force is a man.