Saturday, September 8, 2012

Banksy



One of the most famous, or infamous, graffiti artists goes by the name Banksy. He (?) is a pseudonymous England-based artist, political activist, film director, and painter. His trademark is a stencil-style guerrilla art of political and social commentary that has been featured on streets, walls, and bridges in cities throughout the world, first making his presence known in London, Brighton, and Bristol. There has been much publicity and controversy surrounding the artist because Banksy's true identity has never really been known, becoming a guarded secret. There has been much speculation and research to figure out who this artist(s) actually is. Banksy states on his website, "I am unable to comment on who may or may not be Banksy, but anyone described as being 'good at drawing' doesn't sound like Banksy to me." Critics have described his work as simple vandalism. The works have dealt with many political and social issues such as anti-War, anti-capitalism, anti-fascism, anti-imperialism, anti-authoritarianism, anarchism, and existentialism. They also deal with the human conditions of greed, poverty, hypocrisy, boredom, despair, and alienation. Banksy's work mocks central power, with hopes that it will show the public that although power does exist and work against you, that power is not terribly efficient and it can be and should be deceived.  







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5 comments:

  1. It is interesting how context specific some of his images are. They function almost like political cartoons - in order to 'get' them, one has to understand the immediate political situation, one has to be politically informed, follow the news, etc. - otherwise they are very difficult to pin point. I wonder how these images are understood here. Do you think art students who 'love' Banksy understand the references?

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  2. Good point Anna!! I would love to hear your insight on the ones shown :)

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  3. We've long been inspired by urban art and have finally created a collection that pays homage to this secret addiction of ours!

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  4. Am I to envy you, your fairy tale?
    When all I see, is cold, hard, truth.
    -Marc Breed
    http://artsgrandmaster.blogspot.com

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