Christ with Shopping Bags, 2004 – Banksy
About this piece: searing critique of modern consumerism, this is one of Banksy’s rarest and most sought-after editions.
In this piece the image of the Crucifixion, so central to the iconography of Western art, is wildly subverted. Banksy has removed the Cross altogether, replacing it with heavily laden bags of shopping and gifts. The nails piercing the hands of Christ are also missing, yet the bags still appear to be seeping black blood. A pink candy cane and the silhouette of Mickey Mouse peep out from within, images of innocence rendered macabre and sinister by their juxtaposition with a universal image of suffering.
In Banksy’s version of the Crucifixion, violence is inflicted upon the soul by consumption and consumerism. Shopping is the new religion. This is an icon for a dark new age.
Edition: Edition of 82. Signed and numbered in pencil.
Materials: Screenprint on paper
(This artwork is now available through Labyrinth Gallery. Please contact the Gallery for further information).
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