Bill Maher was famously sued by Donald Trump in 2013 for comparing the future president to an orangutan. And at times like these, it does seem as though comedy and art are all we have to turn to for sanity.
Things are little better, of course, over in Brexit era Blighty – with new Prime Minister (and Trump ideological equivalent) Boris Johnson unsurprisingly bungling his way through his first month on the job. And so Sotheby’s London will decisively answer his performance by exhibiting Banksy‘s sardonic 2009 masterpiece Devolved Parliament.
In it, MP’s are portrayed as merely chimpanzees. And despite its obvious wit, the aesthetic tone of the work is actually quite somber, even rather depressing. Still, the artist himself is able to find humor in it, joking, “You paint 100 chimpanzees and they still call you a guerrilla artist.”
The painting will be on exhibit from September 28 – October 3, and an auction the final night will likely see it fetch between £1.5 – 2 million ($1.8 – 2.46 million) from a politically savvy collector.
“Banksy is a modern-day Voltaire,” observes Alex Branczik, Sotheby’s European Head of Contemporary Art, “confronting the burning issues of the day with caustic wit and biting satire. Regardless of where you sit in the Brexit debate, there’s no doubt that this work is more pertinent now than it has ever been, capturing unprecedented levels of political chaos and confirming Banksy as the satirical polemicist of our time.”