NY Gallery Loots Palestine for Banksy Stencils

08.31.11 Marina Galperina

We’re used to Banksy poachers going to ridiculous lengths to acquire his pricey work, but what the Keszler Gallery has done is utterly disgusting.

They hired anonymous individuals to travel to Palestine, chisel out Banksy’s well-known pieces from the West Bank’s 2007 Santa’s Ghetto project and smuggle it out for an unsanctioned show in the Hamptons.

There’s something morbidly ironic in Keszler bombastic attempt to benefit off a high-profile human tragedy by robbing it off this symbolic, peace-sympathizing art. Party up, fuckers.