Banksy's "Crude Oils" Installation

 - Dec 8, 2008
References: banksy & madamelamb
Banksy's latest work called "Crude Oils" is an oil series installation that's currently showing at a gallery in Britain.

Banksy, who is arguably the most celebrated and notorious street artists in the world, thrives on creating controversy and this installation did not disappoint.

The paintings exhibited included "Madonna and iPod," which is a parody--and social commentary--of Renaissance master Raphael's "Madonna and Child."

The second image in the "Crude Oils" series is Banksy's revision of Jack Vettriano's "Singing Butler" with oil barrels in the background.

Third in the galley is "Show me the Monet," which is a satirical adaptation of Monet's "Water Lilies" series.

Next comes Ed Hopper's "Nighthawke" parody featuring a man clad in boxers bearing the Union Jack and tossing a chair through the glass window of an establishment.

Finally, we have the ubiquitous Kate Moss transformed into iconic Marilyn Monroe.

These paintings are pretty provocative on their own, but what made this event unforgettable for those in attendance was the bevy of rats scurrying around the gallery freely, freaking the hell out of people. The rats, of course, represent humans in society and is a social commentary on society as a whole.

Banksy's show was completely sold out.