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A Banksy exhibit featuring more than 100 original works is coming to Cambridge

More than 100 works by the reclusive graffiti artist will be on display starting Feb. 17.

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Visitors to “The Art of Banksy,” a traveling exhibit coming to Boston in February. Kyle Flubacker

By Kevin SlaneJanuary 19, 2022 | 2:08 PM

traveling exhibit featuring more than 100 original artworks by reclusive street artist Banksy is coming to Harvard Square in February.

“The Art of Banksy,” which bills itself as “the largest touring exhibition of authentic Banksy artworks in the world,” will be hosted in a building owned by the Harvard Coop at 12 Palmer St., Cambridge, from Feb. 17 to April 3.

Among the pieces set to be on display are recognizable works like “Flower Thrower,” “Rude Copper,” and original variations of “Girl with Balloon,” the artwork which caused a stir when it was shredded at an art auction in 2018. Most of the works featured in the exhibit were created between 1997 and 2008, and range from prints and canvasses to sculptures.

Starvox Exhibits, the company behind the “The Art of Banksy,” has three concurrent exhibitions currently traveling the world, each featuring around 100 works by the reclusive artist. The company sourced more than $35 million worth of art by Banksy for their exhibits.

“This is a one-of-a-kind exhibition. You will never again have the opportunity to see this many of Banksy’s works in one place,” Starvox CEO Corey Ross said in a press release announcing the exhibit’s arrival in Boston. “Once the exhibition is over, the artwork will be returned to art collectors around the world, and the chances that they will be displayed together again in the future are extremely slim.”

The exhibit has already visited world cities like London, Melbourne, and Amsterdam, as well as U.S. cities like Chicago and San Francisco. Following its stay in Boston, “The Art of Banksy” will head to Denver.

While the works on display are authentic, the exhibit is not sanctioned by the anonymous artist (or artists) behind the Banksy moniker.

“Banksy has NOTHING to do with any of the current or recent exhibitions and they are nothing like a genuine Banksy show,” reads a message on Pest Control, a Banksy-affiliated website. They might be crap so please don’t come to us for a refund.”

Tickets are now on sale on the event website, and range in price from $40-75 for general admission or $30 for guests 16 and younger. “The Art of Banksy” will be open Tuesday through Thursday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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The Painted Burro Plans to Open in the Former Border Cafe Space in Cambridge’s Harvard Square

A group of Mexican restaurants appears to be expanding to a new location, and it would be taking over an iconic space in Cambridge.

According to a source, The Painted Burro is planning to open in the former Border Cafe space in Harvard Square, with Marc Levy of Cambridge Day confirming this to us, indicating that if all goes as planned, the new location of the place will have a patio and could open in the spring. This would be the fourth location of The Painted Burro, which is part of The Alpine Restaurant Group (Posto, Burro Bar, Rosebud American Kitchen), and which has restaurants in Somerville’s Davis Square, Waltham, and Bedford. 

The Harvard Square location of the Border Cafe was hit by a fire approximately two years ago and never reopened, and it was learned that it would be a permanent closure early last year. (Existing locations of the Border Cafe can be found in Burlington and Saugus.)

The address for the upcoming location of The Painted Burro in Harvard Square is 32 Church Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138. The website for all locations can be found at https://www.thepaintedburro.com/by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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One fewer local store in Harvard Square: Brattle Square Florist to close doors

The Brattle Square Florist, open for more than 100 years, will close next month.

Owner Randy Ricker, who bought the Brattle Street shop nine years ago, says he’s reached a business and personal breaking point, with a pandemic on top of everything:

On the business front, challenges continue to mount. Prices for plants, flowers and hard goods have risen dramatically and we are struggling to maintain our margins. Availability of product has never been more challenging. We are not able to attract and retain staff who are critical to our operation. While the store is a magical place to visit, the conditions of our space are also deteriorating. The prospect of continuing operations during an ongoing and unpredictable pandemic is daunting.

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Iconic Harvard Sq. Flower Shop Closing Soon after 104 Yrs In Business – CBS Boston


CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – An legendary Harvard Sq. flower store is permanently closing its doorways immediately after 104 several years in company, citing in element difficulties brought about by the “daunting” COVID pandemic.

Brattle Sq. Florist will shut on January 31, operator Randy Ricker announced on Monday. Ricker stated challenges on the business enterprise entrance that “continue to mount” led to the decision to shut.

“Prices for vegetation, flowers and challenging products have risen radically and we are struggling to sustain our margins. Availability of products has under no circumstances been a lot more hard,” Ricker said in a assertion. “We are not equipped to bring in and retain staff members who are essential to our operation. While the retail store is a magical area to check out, the disorders of our room are also deteriorating. The prospect of continuing operations through an ongoing and unpredictable pandemic is challenging.”

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Brattle Square Florist to close doors after 104 years

“The prospect of continuing operations during an ongoing and unpredictable pandemic is daunting.”

A Harvard Square landmark announced Monday that it’s shutting the doors.

Brattle Square Florist cited the ongoing pandemic, along with supply chain problems, deteriorating real estate, and the labor shortage as the reasons the 104-year-old business will close its shop at the end of January, according to the Boston Globe.

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Iconic Harvard Square flower shop closes after 104 years in business

CAMBRIDGE (TBEN) – An iconic Harvard Square florist is shutting down permanently after 104 years in business, citing in part the challenges caused by the “intimidating” COVID pandemic.

Brattle Square Florist will close on January 31, owner Randy Ricker announced on Monday. Ricker said business challenges that “continue to mount” led to the decision to close.

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Iconic Harvard Square florist closes after 104 years in business – NewsBoston

“Prices for plants, flowers and hard goods have risen dramatically and we are struggling to maintain our margins. Availability of product has never been more challenging,” Ricker said in a statement. “We are not able to attract and retain staff who are critical to our operation. While the store is a magical place to visit, the conditions of our space are also deteriorating. The prospect of continuing operations during an ongoing and unpredictable pandemic is daunting.” Brattle Square Florist will close on January 31, owner Randy Ricker announced on Monday. Ricker said challenges on the business front that “continue to mount” led to the decision to close.

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Iconic Harvard Square Flower Shop Closing After 104 Years In Business

CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – An iconic Harvard Square flower shop is permanently closing its doors after 104 years in business, citing in part challenges caused by the “daunting” COVID pandemic.

Brattle Square Florist will close on January 31, owner Randy Ricker announced on Monday. Ricker said challenges on the business front that “continue to mount” led to the decision to close.