Last week I got this email from Stephen Lazarides:
Friday, 25 August 2006
We have finally received the eagerly awaited Soup Can screen prints by Banksy. As you will see there are a variation on the original design, as they feature four soup cans with gold tops. The first set have been printed on cream paper and there are 54 in this edition, costing Â£3000 + vat each. The second set have been printed on grey paper and there are 12 in this edition, costing Â£4000 + vat each. They have all been hand pulled using light fast inks on heavy untreated 250mg cartridge paper. All are signed and numbered. Each purchase will come with a letter of provenance. If you would like to purchase one of the screen prints or have any queries then please contact the gallery using the details below.
8 Greek Street, Soho, London, W1D 4DG .
tel: + 44 02 (0) 3214 0055,
In the part of London in which I live one is always seeing examples of Banksy's graffiti on otherwise naked walls. There is an excellent anti-anti-graffiti one on Pentonville Road. There is a good one featuring an urchin dropkicking an ATM on Rosebery Avenue. I like his political work and I hope he makes loads of money from whoring his Tesco soup cans. According to rumors from an unreliable source Mr. Lazarides, who admits to being Banksy's manager, is in fact Banksy. I must visit his gallery and see what I think.
Joe Ambrose has written 12 books, the most recent being Chelsea Hotel Manhattan and The Fenian Reader. He is currently writing a book about the Spanish Civil War.