June 06

Opening Reception For Legendary street artist Banksy’s infamous Haight Street Rat-Tues.,June 5th,2018-from Netflix Documentary Saving Banksy. Exhibit @Yorkville Village,from Wed., June 6th-11th,2018

On June 6-11, 2018, Yorkville Village, Toronto’s premier lifestyle shopping destination, will host the Saving Banksy Toronto Exhibit, featuring one of the most controversial and sought-after contemporary art pieces in the world: Haight Street Rat by notable anonymous British street artist, political activist and film director, Banksy. A free exhibit to the public presented by Aurora and curated by Substance Art Collective, Banksy’s piece will be showcased alongside works by Los Angeles graffiti icon RISK and other local street artists to promote the importance and impact of street art.

Haight Street Rat is the focus of critically acclaimed Netflix documentary, Saving Banksy, a film that shadows art collector Brian Greif’s attempt to save the famous piece of art from destruction and the auction block. The piece has been showcased in Los Angeles and San Francisco and is on a global tour despite offers well into the millions from private collectors to buy the beret-wearing rat. Greif continues to turn down offers due to his belief that street art is meant to be shared with the public.

Saving Banksy continues to win over critics and fans alike and is one of the most critically acclaimed documentaries with Rotten Tomatoes rating the film 100 per cent Certified Fresh. Directed by Colin M. Day with narration by Paul Polycarpou, Saving Banksy features interviews with top street and graffiti artists from across the globe, including Ben Eine, Risk, Revok, Niels ‘Shoe’ Meulman, Blek Le Rat, Anthony Lister, Doze Green, Hera and Glen E. Friedman.

“Banksy is the most elusive artist of our time and an international icon. His symbolic and sought-after works have become an important part of street art culture and it’s an honour to showcase Haight Street Rat at Yorkville Village,” says Melissa Campisi, Manager of Strategic Partnerships & Event Marketing, Yorkville Village. “His work is meant to be seen by the public – his intended audience – and we are proud to offer Torontonians the opportunity to immerse themselves in his artwork and those of local artists who are at the forefront of the street art movement.”

Additionally, the Saving Banksy Toronto Exhibit will showcase exclusive Banksy pieces for sale. In partnership with the City of Toronto’s StreetARToronto (StART) Program, local street artists including kevkav, Alexander Bacon, Hello Kirsten, Anthony Ricciardi and Dani Coopermanwill display original works as a celebration of the growing street art movement.

“Street art, by definition, is visual art created in a public location meant for the public to have access to it. Banksy creates his art for the public and I intend to respect his wishes by continuing to share Haight Street Rat around the world,” said Brian Greif, art collector and executive producer of Saving Banksy. “It was important to me to partner with an establishment like Yorkville Village, who continues to not only support local street art talent, but provide access to their work to the public.”

Brian Greif made a special appearance at the opening reception of the Saving Banksy Toronto Exhibit at Yorkville Village on June 5, 2018 from 7 – 9 PM.
We would like to thank Daliah Marsons&Stacey Fishman, from rock-it promotions, inc. for the invitation to this event.