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CONTEXT ArtMiami    Dec 3 - Dec 8, 2013

Choose Your Weapon
Choose Your Weapon, 2010
Smiling Coppers
Smiling Coppers, 2003
Rome Pays Off
Jean-Michel Basquiat
Rome Pays Off, 2004
Cash Flow
Vicki DaSilva
Cash Flow, 2013
Eiffel Tower
Vicki DaSilva
Eiffel Tower, 2013
Roddies Rock
Vicki DaSilva
Roddies Rock, 2012
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Context Miami
December 3—8, 2013
Art Miami Pavilion
3201 NE 1st Avenue, Miami, FL
Booth #E7

Cheryl Hazan Contemporary art is pleased to announce its participation in the Context Miami Art Fair during Art Basel Miami Beach. The gallery is featuring two original Banksy pieces both titled Smiling Copper on Cardboard at the fair. Banksy is a UK based graffiti artist known for his witty political and social commentary in the form of public street art stencils and other projects including pranks and performance.

Smiling Copper on Cardboard was created for the WUK Kunsthalle Exnergasse in Vienna 2003. The smiling cop imagery is seen in a number of other Bansky works including Have a Nice Day, 2004, a screenprint based on his original street piece on a bridge on Old Street London where a posse of riot police with their smiles look down on commuters. Among many other events and circumstances of our time, the Hartcliffe Riot of 1992 in Bristol influenced Banksy’s political perspective as a youth and is still evident in his work, particularly those that include imagery of riot police. Via the medium of stenciling, Banksy has the ability to impact a wide range of people and include public space as content. It adds a particular weight and intention to the impact of his work. Stencils have been used in history to instigate revolutions and enable Banksy to work illusively, secretly, and quickly. Banksy is a pseudonym for his real name, and this anonymity elevates and enriches the status of his work.

Banksy is seen by many as the most important street artist since Basquiat. The impact of his work stretches to all parts of the world and reaches a vast breadth of people. His highest selling piece to date is a defaced Damien Hirst original “Keep it Spotless” which sold for $1.8 million in 2008. Recently, he finished a month long residency in New York City. Each day of October Banksy created a new piece or performance. His work was a striking presence in the community and received constant press and recognition. He incorporated public space, tourism, consumerism, politics, and society in an artist-asactivist methodology.

Cheryl Hazan Contemporary Art, located on the ground floor in TriBeCa, exhibits abstract, contemporary, and process based works by regional & international emerging, mid-career, & established artists. The gallery’s artists have exhibited widely in museums and galleries, and are in numerous private and corporate collections. Founded in 2001 by Cheryl Hazan, the gallery specializes in placing medium and large-scale work in residences, corporate offices, hotels, and public spaces and has in-house consultants available to work with clients. The gallery has participated in many art fairs including the Houston Fine Art Fair, Art Hamptons, and Bridge Art Fair.

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