Even those who aren’t very artsy, you probably have heard of this artist. Perhaps you’ve seen the documentary that was made about him a few years ago, or maybe he has done some work in the municipality in which you live or have visited.
An England-based graffiti artist, Banksy has been involved with political activism and film directing throughout his career. Focused on satirical street art and subversive epigrams, his pieces of social and political commentary have been shown around on walls, streets, and bridges of cities around the world. Banksy’s work was inspired and originated from the Bristol underground scene, which combined artists talents to produce collaborative artwork and music. Banksy has figured out how to end up being one of the world’s most perceived specialists while remaining moderately mysterious. Remaining consistent with the philosophies of road artistry, he’s fabricated a commended collection of work, both changeless and ephemeral, that uses parody, subversion, dark humor and incongruity to make full social, political, and humanist messages for the majority on a crowded and open level.
Banksy illustrates his artwork on publicly visible surfaces and does not sell photographs or reproductions of his street graffiti (so you won’t find them on this site I recommend here), however, art auctioneers have been known to attempt to sell the artwork, which in turn, leaves the highest bidder with the burden of removing the graffiti (not exactly a tactic I cover here). Banksy made a narrative film, Exit Through the Gift Shop, charged as “the world’s first street art disaster movie”, which influenced its presentation at the 2010 Sundance to film Festival. The film was released in the UK on 5 March 2010. In January 2011, he was assigned for the Academy Award for Best Documentary for the film. In 2014, he was granted Person of the Year at the 2014 Webby Awards. Since graffiti is illegal, Banksy’s work keeps on bringing up issues in the social circle about the lines between open art and vandalism. In the event that his work in favor of a building turns into a collectible, secured piece while another less known road artist is imprisoned for playing out a comparative activity, what does this connote about the bad faith stood to acclaim?
On 19 June 2002, Banksy’s first Los Angeles show appeared at 33 1⁄3 Gallery, a small Silver Lake setting possessed by Frank Sosa. The presentation, entitled Existencilism, was curated by 33 1⁄3 Gallery, Malathion LA’s Chris Vargas, Funk Lazy Promotions’ Grace Jehan, and B+.
In 2003, at a show called Turf War, held in a London distribution center, Banksy painted on creatures. At the time he gave one of his not-very-many meetings, to the BBC’s Nigel Wrench. Although the RSPCA pronounced the conditions reasonable, an animal rights activist tied herself to the railings in protest. A case of his subverted depictions is Monet’s Water Lily Pond, adjusted to incorporate urban rubbish, for example, litter and a shopping trolley coasting in its reflecting waters; another is Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks, redrawn to demonstrate that the characters are taking a gander at a British football hoodlum, dressed just in his Union Flag underpants, who has quite recently tossed an object through the glass window of the bistro. These oil works of art were shown at a twelve-day presentation in Westbourne Grove, London in 2005.
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