I think I’ve already mentioned my love for Banksy, the notorious graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter.
He’s also published a few books which featured photos of his graffiti work as well as a hilarious commentary on art, life and politics.
He also shares anecdotes about how the works were created.
Nothing is known of his identity, however he has become the symbol of street art, his art works are a political and social commentary and have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world.
He is one prolific artist, and a cheeky bugger to boot!
One of his most daring stunts was to graffiti Israel’s 425-mile-long West Bank barrier, separating Israel from the Palestinian territories.
The images are thought-provoking and I urge you to google them.
Banksy has made some interesting statements regarding museum, galleries and the art work in general.
Although they are meant to be places for the common folk, the decision about what gets to hang on the walls, therefore what is deemed high art, is made by a chosen few.
Apart from that, only a percentage of the public actually go to museums, therefore the access to art is limited.
That’s one of the reasons I’m so fond of street art.
It enriches the cities, with walls serving as a platform, a canvas to express ideas to the passers-by and Banksy is the loudest and most recognisable voice among graffiti artists.
Banksy backed up his statements regarding museums when he pulled his infamous museum prank.
He would go disguised to places like The Tate or The British Museum and hang up his own work among the exhibits.
He pulled the same prank in New York museums—the Metropolitan Museum, MoMA, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Brooklyn Museum.
Less said about museum security, the better…
Some of Banksy’s pieces were removed a few hours later, other lingered for weeks, other still were added to the museum collection as a valuable piece.
I could go on about how important and revolutionary Banksy’s approach to art is, but this post is really about his 2010 documentary Exit Though The Gift Shop.
The project started out as a bunch of footage of street artists taken by an amateur filmmaker Thierry Guetta who managed to document this elusive and short-lived art form.
What the film ended up being is a head scratching account of how the art world will embrace, and spend a fortune on, anything that is deemed the next best thing.
The documentary is hilarious and you will fall for the array of mad characters.
I can’t help thinking that perhaps this documentary is one of the greatest pranks the elusive Banksy has even played.
You’ll see what I mean when you give it a try :)
Even if neither graffiti or art is your thing, this is perhaps one of the most interesting and entertaining documentaries you’ll ever see.
And here’s a funny little thing I made as homage to Mister Brainwash, Magzy really liked it, so this ones for her ;)