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Independent Spirit Award for Exit Through The Gift Shop

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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.

Click on the link below for more information:
https://www.theguardian.com/media/2010/nov/02/banksy-grierson-award

Mr Brainwash Paints Mural For The Oscars

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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.

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Carmel International Film Festival

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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.”

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Keep A Child Alive Charity with Alicia Keys

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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.

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Mr Brainwash had also contributed an artwork for auction for Keep A Child Alive charity event in 2010 as well.

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“Printemps Loves NY” Collaboration

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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.

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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.

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Exit Through the Gift Shop (USA Release)

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The highly-anticipated Sundance hit, Exit Through The Gift Shop, was released to theaters in the US on April 16th, 2010.

The documentary had its run with audiences in the UK on March 5th, and was also screened at the 60th anniversary of the Berlin film festival on February 15th, 2010.

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“Life Is Beautiful: Icons” NY Solo Exhibit

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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.

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