NOT NOT BANKSY Rat with Black Square


One, two and three colour screenprints published on the occasion of Not Not Banksy’s first (and last) ever exhibition.

Rat with Black Square: BANKSY vs Kazimir Malevich 1913 – 2018

Presented on the 100th anniversary of Kazimir Malevich’s 13th Black Square

Screenprints on Eco Cairn Recycled Acid-Free Card and Optimium Grey White Lined Chip Board

Editions of 200 signed, numbered and stamped by NOT NOT BANKSY on the back.

Rat With Black Square 42.5 X 42.5 cm

Black Square 29 x 29 cm

Bunny With Black Square 42.5 X 42.5 cm

The first 50 of each print available at the Rat With Black Square exhibition, Blasé, Hackney Wick.
The second 50 of each print available as a set at a discounted price.
The remaining 100 of each print available to purchase individually.


By way of explanation, a short history:

When Banksy met Russian artist Kazimir Malevich in 1913 he jokingly gave him a painting of a black square as a friendly dig at the earnest radical’s minimal Suprematist paintings. In 1915 Malevich copied Banksy’s joke painting and his Black Squares* went on to be the most radical revolutionary works of art ever made. Banksy was gutted. Until then he had been an ardent champion of figurative painting with a penchant for bucolic landscape scenes, believing observation of nature to be the cornerstone of art, but that all changed over-night. Following the success of Malevich’s Black Square he turned his own hand to abstraction under various pseudonyms (Piet Mondrain and Mark Rothkok being a couple of the more notable ones), until – realising the pointlessness of it all – he finally gave up painting altogether in 1970, faked his death and went on to become a successful rare breeds pig farmer in Somerset. It was only when his old friend Blek le Rat managed to track him down in the early 1990’s, and got him to help with some stencil graffiti, that Banksy once again got the fire in his belly and realised that this new art form was his true calling. The rest, as they say, is history. Banksy became one of the most important cultural innovators and influencer of the early 21stcentury, with many poor imitators, copyists and outright fakers taking to the streets and galleries of the world under the banner of so-called Urban Art. The most important of these inadequate copyist fakers being NOT BANKSY and his smart-arse neo-Nothingist successor NOT NOT BANKSY**.

In the Rat With Black Square exhibition NOT NOT BANKSY pay homage to their hero and his finest unknown masterpiece THE BLACK SQUARE.

* Between 1915 and 1918, Kasimir Malevich painted 13 versions of the Black Square before they were banned by the revolutionary government for being “meaningless bollocks”. It is universally agreed that his 13th Black Square painting was his best.

**NOT NOT BANKSY is not NOT BANKSY as NOT BANKSY is dead. These prints are a homage to BANKSY and MALEVICHnot NOT BANKSY by the artist(s) known as NOT NOT BANKSY who continue the great work of NOT BANKSY and not BANKSY. Some people think it is NOT known if BANKSY was ever involved in the NOT BANKSY project, or if NOT BANKSY is NOT DEAD and in fact is NOT NOT BANKSY. The latter is unknowable but we do know, categorically, that BANKSY was NOT involved in any creation or idea formed by NOT BANKSY, THE CONTINUITY NOT BANKSY, and certainly not NOT NOT BANKSY.

N.B. If you live in the Europe (including UK) we will get these prints to you for Christmas. If outside Europe we will try our best, but no promises.

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Full Set, Rat With Black Square, Pink Bunny With Black Square, Black Square With Black Square