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Outkast goes back to 1990s hip hop at Coachella reunion INDIO, California (Reuters) - Hip hop duo Outkast reunited for the first time in eight years a the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Friday, and brought a taste of old school hip hop with them to the stage. Outkast, formed by Atlanta rappers Andre 3000 and Big Boi, kicked off the anticipated set with "B.O.B" from the duo's 2000 album "Stankonia," before taking it back to the 1990s with singles such as "ATLiens" and "Skew It on the Bar-B."

Banksy work 'Kissing Coppers' auctioned for $575,000 in Miami

By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A mural created on the side of a building by the elusive British street artist known as "Banksy" sold for $575,000 on Tuesday, along with dozens of other graffiti-style works at a Miami auction being closely watched due to the soaring value of street art.

Banksy gas station mural sells for $209,000 at auction

By Laila Kearney (Reuters) - A Banksy mural that was removed from a Hollywood gas station wall fetched $209,000 at the first U.S. auction of the reclusive British street artist's work, an auction official said on Friday. Beverly Hills-based Julien's Auctions sold the Banksy piece, on a 9-by-8-foot slab of beige brick wall, weighing close to four tons, to an anonymous bidder on Thursday, spokeswoman Caroline Galloway said.

Lithuanian 'Banksy' a hit in anti-graffiti Singapore

A Lithuanian artist who angered Malaysian officials with a street mural depicting a knife-wielding Lego robber has found unlikely admirers across the border in graffiti-averse Singapore for his works on a softer theme. Ernest Zacharevic, who has been likened to British graffiti artist Banksy, has seen photos of his murals depicting children playing go viral on Facebook as Singaporeans unused to seeing art on outdoor walls expressed their approval.

Early pieces by graffiti artist Banksy added to Los Angeles auction

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Four early works of elusive British artist Banksy will go on sale at an auction in December, joining the artist's "Flower Girl" piece, Julien's Auctions said on Monday. The four graffiti works include "Happy Choppers," a 2002 mural that first appeared on a wall at the Whitecross Street Market in London and features a stenciled group of military helicopters, one adorned with a pink bow.

After summer fame, Montreal gallery robbed of paintings and prints

MONTREAL - A Montreal gallery that hoped to make Canada a world-class destination for art tourism, riding the street art wave that made Banksy a pop-culture phenomenon, has been dealt a major blow with the theft of $50,000 in paintings and prints. After opening its doors to artists such as Spain's Ricardo Cavolo and the UK's ROA during June's inaugural edition of the MURAL public art festival, the Station 16 gallery was robbed of at least 16 paintings and 50 prints.

Security tight after Banksy graffiti woes

Guards were on close watch Saturday as British street artist Banksy brought his in-your-face creations to New York City, where some unhappy property owners defaced his work. The Briton, whose identity is a secret, has sent hipsters and art fans scrambling to get a peek at his "Better Out Than In" month-long residency in New York. He has received offers of big money for some of his creations. But most of the works have so enraged property owners that they have been rapidly defaced.

Banksy sells art for $60 in New York

World-famous British street artist Banksy flogged original canvases for just $60 in Central Park over the weekend as part of a month-long residency in New York. While his work can sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars, his website announced that minimal interest and sluggish sales resulted in takings of just $420. The stall was set up on day 13 of his pop-up exhibition in New York, announced each day on the website www.banksyny.com and posted to his instagram account.

Street artist Banksy sets New York on the chase

World-famous, reclusive artist Banksy is loose on the streets of New York, hosting a unique show that has whipped up excitement among hipsters and the chattering classes. The England-based graffiti maestro, who has never been formally identified, has promised to unveil a new piece of art on each day of the month somewhere in the city. His stencilled designs, known for their irreverent humor and political activism, have propelled him from a graffiti rebel to reluctant star whose work sells for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Banksy: From graffiti rebel to auction-house darling

The auction of works by Banksy, the world's most infamous graffiti artist, has angered residents of looted London neighbourhoods and "embarrassed" the artist as the sale of street art becomes a lucrative enterprise. Hollywood A-listers Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are fans of the British artist's stencilled designs, known for their irreverent humour and political activism. One of his most famous works is painted on the Israeli separation wall and depicts a young girl flying away while clasping a bunch of balloons.
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