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.
In 2010, Mr Brainwash invaded the Meatpacking District with “Life is Beautiful: Icons”, his first New York solo show.
This show was bigger than ever, covering a 15,000 square foot, multi-story warehouse.
The downstairs displayed Mr Brainwash’s evocative portraits of music legends, constructed from bits of broken records. The exhibit also featured a 10-foot tall boom box and a life-size NYC taxicab in Matchbox toy car packaging. Icons was so popular that it was extended for three months, reopened as “Life is Beautiful: Icons Remixed”, with new installations, and extended for an additional three months.
Mr Brainwash had now shown both coasts the force of his solo exhibitions. Prestigious auction houses and collectors, including Christie’s and Phillips de Pury, took notice by offering his work in high-profile auctions.
The art show space was also used to host an exclusive party during New York Fashion Week for Gwen Stefani’s fashion line, L.A.M.B.
Exit Through The Gift Shop was released during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Attendees were curious to see what Banksy had in store, as the film presented by his camp could not be found in the festival’s programming.
The only clues to Banksy’s participation in the film festival were the stencils that popped up on some of the buildings around the city.
In true Banksy fashion the affair was wrapped up in mystery, as the documentary directed by the Scarlet Pimpernel of street art, using film footage Mr. Brainwash had accumulated in the ten years he followed a number of street artists with his camera during it’s rebirth, was unveiled for the first time to the public eye.
The documentary was a huge hit among Sundance attendees, you can read more about the event on The Guardian.
Carson Daly paid Mr Brainwash a studio visit to conduct a two-part interview about street art, his beginnings and his (almost impossible to access) solo show in Los Angeles. In the interview, Mr Brainwash playfully explained his process and his views on how the streets have been turned into a public art gallery that anyone can enjoy.
Will.I.Am curated an event that incorporated both pop art and pop music called Worlds on Fire: Grammy-Nominated Artists Exhibition to kick off Grammy Week. The art exhibit portion featured portraits of the 2009 Grammy nominees as created by pop-surrealism artists. The exhibit took place in the Pacific Electric Lofts in Downtown Los Angeles.
All the artworks were up for auctions with the proceeds donated to the Pea Pod Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Will.I.Am that focuses on giving youth access to multi-media production tools for video, dance, music and art.
For the show, Mr Brainwash created a portrait of Jay-Z with broken vinyls shards.
With not much time on his side, Mr Brainwash assembled the interior of FADER’s space to prepare for their collaborative party with denim brand, Levi’s. Mr Brainwash filled the place with works varying from portraits made out of broken vinyl to giant cardboard robots and prints.
The party, located at the FADER Fort in New York City, had live performances by artists such as Little Boots, Charles Hamilton, Wild Yaks and more.