Gallery One in Yorkville hosted a solo exhibition for Mr Brainwash in Toronto, Canada. This time it was more of a small, intimate affair as opposed to Mr Brainwash’s usual grand style that overtakes warehouse-sized spaces.
This event was one of the few projects he had been involved in for the city; he had contributed sculptures for the Toronto Film Festival as well as a screen print for a Grace Kelly exhibit.
Following his acceptance of the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary the night before, Mr Brainwash and his wife Deborah Guetta attended the 83rd Academy Awards for “Exit Through The Gift Shop”.
Following its successful Sundance premiere and its reception of the Grierson Trust Documentary Award for Most Entertaining Documentary, Mr Brainwash attended the 26th Independent Spirit Awards, hosted by Film Independent, to accept the award for Best Documentary.
Accepting the award in Banksy’s place, Mr Brainwash coyly responded to questions regarding the secretive artist, keeping up the intrigue surrounding the film and its creation.
To commemorate the Oscars and Exit Through The Gift Shop’s nomination into its Best Documentary category by the Academy, Mr Brainwash painted a mural on La Brea Ave. of the Oscar statuette wearing a hoodie guarded, and filmed, by Storm Troopers.
Mr Brainwash was invited to fill the grounds of the Carmel International Film Festival, located in Carmel, California, with his work. The locals who were aware of MBW through Exit Through the Gift Shop and his first ever solo exhibition at Columbia Square in Hollywood, even offered their walls for Mr Brainwash to “do anything with.”
Keep A Child Alive is a non-profit organization co-founded by Alicia Keys that strives to eradicate HIV/AIDS in children and families. Each year, Keep A Child Alive hosts a charity event to raise funding for their mission; Mr Brainwash has contributed a print to be auctioned at the event, its proceeds from the winning auction bid were donated to the organization.
Mr Brainwash had also contributed an artwork for auction for Keep A Child Alive charity event in 2010 as well.
Printemps, a department store in France, teamed up with Mr Brainwash for Paris Fashion Week.
Printemps was designed by architects Jules and Paul Sedille in 1865 and is noted for its historic significance in the city.
New York-themed large scale works from Mr Brainwash and other artists who have contributed to the installation adorned Printemps’ window display, works that portrayed the cliches of American lifestyle and celebrated beloved American designers.
Mr Brainwash even installed a 20-ft high statue of King Kong, made out of rubber tires, to greet customers as they made their way into the store’s entrance.