'Barely Legal' - In the Banksy

The three-day free show titled Barely Legal - and billed as a "vandalised warehouse extravaganza" - has an overall theme of global poverty and injustice. After much hype and secretive planning, the event opens to the public on Friday following an invitation-only, celebrity launch party. The organisers have said Cameron Diaz, Colin Farrell and Orlando Bloom are all expected to attend. They will be treated to a familiar, but in some respects, head-scratching display of graffiti-inspired artwork.

Banksy Elephant
The exhibition's centrepiece is a live elephant, painted to look like pink floral wallpaper - a reference, it is believed, to weighty problems such as poverty.

A 37-year old Indian elephant has been painted, from head to tail, in a floral pattern reminiscent of an old fashioned living room or a British pub. The animal is made to stand in a makeshift living room, complete with sofa, chandelier and decorated with wallpaper in the same pattern. Banksy, as ever, was not on hand to discuss his creation, but it is understood that the elephant, blending into the background, is meant to represent the big issues in life, such as poverty, that some people choose to ignore.

The exhibition also features film footage of Banksy's latest stunt, when he placed a life-size replica of a Guantanamo Bay detainee in a theme park ride at Disneyland. The operation was caught on camera, covertly, and has been edited into a short film.

As for more stunts in Los Angeles, during the exhibition weekend, Banksy's people are coy - "Keep your eyes peeled."

Angelina Jolie has forked out £200,000 for art by the "guerrilla" artist Banksy. The Tomb Raider actress, who attended the artist's exhibition in LA with Brad Pitt, spent £120,000 on a painting called Picnic, which shows a white family eating lunch beneath an umbrella while starving Africans look on. She also bought a white bust with a bleeding bullet hole in the forehead and a piece showing a man being hit by a custard pie, both for around £40,000.


Britain's famed guerrilla artist Banksy has launched a three-day exhibition in an industrial warehouse in Los Angeles, called Barely Legal.


Those attending the event were only given the address two hours beforehand, in true Banksy style.


Banksy uses the show to take a sideswipe at heiress Paris Hilton, who recently started a singing career. He has replaced hundreds of her UK CDs with doctored versions.


The exhibition also features footage of Banksy's most recent escapade - placing a life-size replica of a Guantanamo Bay detainee in a theme park ride at Disneyland. The 37-year-old Indian elephant has been made to stand in a makeshift living room, to blend in to its surroundings.

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