‘Art of Banksy’ exhibition at West Loop site canceled, says co-founder
CHICAGO – The long-awaited “Art of Banksy” exhibition has been canceled.
Space organizers announced on Wednesday that they were unable to come to an agreement with the curators of the exhibition.
The exhibit was scheduled to run August 7 through October 31 at the Epiphany Center for the Arts on South Ashland Avenue.
Epiphany Center co-founder David Chase said they’ve contacted the team several times over the past month but have been harder to find than the artist himself.
The venue had previously canceled several events and musical performances to host the exhibition.
Last month, WGN spoke with Phil Aiello and Hayley Nagengast, whose wedding plans were affected by the show’s impending residency.
Chase made the following statement on Wednesday afternoon which said, in part:
“Despite many good faith attempts, we have not been able to enter into a lease that would allow the team behind Banksy’s art (TAOB) to host their exhibition on our West Loop site, Epiphany Center for the Arts (Epiphany). After weeks of planning and negotiations that included design and construction details specific to Epiphany’s historic spaces, including the flow of TAOB clients throughout the exhibit and Epiphany’s common spaces, we have reached deadlock. The team behind TAOB has stopped communicating with Epiphany, and after nearly a month of negotiations and preparations, all efforts to move forward with a lease have gone unanswered. Like the elusive Banksy himself, the team behind Banksy’s art is not found.
This curious and unexpected situation left Epiphany with no choice but to conclude that TAOB will not take place in Epiphany as previously announced. Here’s a summary of what happened, leading us to this point.
We have contacted TAOB several times in writing and by phone over the past week to engage in productive discussions to finalize these and other issues related to the outstanding leases. Unfortunately, we have not received any response from the TAOB team. We sincerely regret our need to move forward with our TAOB-free programming and apologize to the patrons who, like Epiphany, have been eagerly awaiting to experience the exhibition in our unique and historic location. Please note that Epiphany was not involved in any aspect of TAOB ticket sales, and all questions regarding ticket refunds should be directed to 844.871.1358 or www.banksyexhibit.com.
The Epiphany team is working hard to complete the lineup and events that have been postponed or canceled to host TAOB. We are committed to doing what we have done in the past, even in the face of COVID, which is to bring art, entertainment and fascinating events to Chicago. Please visit www.epiphanychi.com for updates on Epiphany’s unique programming.
Statement by David Chase, Co-Founder, Epiphany Center for the Arts
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