Banksy: Guerilla artist

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Re: Banksy: Guerilla artist

Post  eddie on Fri May 04, 2012 3:51 am

pinhedz wrote:The dilemma faced by the authorities was that it was an unauthorized act--possibly even criminal--but they liked the painting, and were considering leaving it.

At the start of his career, a street Banksy would be routinely erased by a team from the local council cleansing department.

These days, the same Banksy is more likely to be sheeted in perspex in order to preserve it.

Some individuals have gone so far as to physically REMOVE THE WALL on which the Banksy appears because they know the artwork might be worth a lot of money.

To counteract this opportunististic trend, Banksy's team have their own authentification department (known as "Pest Control") which will refuse to issue a certficate of authenticity (consisting- nice touch- of a 'forged' £5 note displaying Princess Diana's head instead of the Queen's- without which no reputable gallery can or will sell the artwork.

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Re: Banksy: Guerilla artist

Post  eddie on Fri May 04, 2012 1:19 pm

So, how good an artist is Banksy?

The Art "Establishment" critics are sniffy about his work because it's popular: i.e. witty but quite easily comprehended.

I like it. Nothing wrong with "popular". Nothing right with "obscure and obscurantist for the sake of it".

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Re: Banksy: Guerilla artist

Post  pinhedz on Sat Jan 26, 2013 11:49 am

eddie wrote:

Apparently he doesn't just make this stuff up.


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