Sunday, February 27, 2005



Today a Banksy print arrived in the post. Now for those of you who are not au fait, Banksy is a Bristol artist who has made his name by graffiti-ing on everything from bridges to billboards to farmyard animals. His work is satirical, political, and now it would seem, also highly marketable.

But what does political graffiti art become when the same image is reproduced on nice, high-quality, acid-free paper and delivered to your doorstep for eighty-seven quid? Is it subversion or selling out? And would it look better in a matt black or beech frame?

One of the reasons I like him is that he does this incredibly ninja thing where he manages to create an entire piece of art in a very public space without anybody ever spotting him. I come to this conclusion by virtue of the fact that I never see his name in the celeb-spotting column in Heat.

This is cool with me, but now that his stock is on the rise so is the backlash. Here is my conspiracy theory- Banksy is actually an ex-rockclimber graphic artist hired by Saatchi and Saatchi to garner street cred for stencil art which can then be used to successfully sell overpriced stuff back to the people.


Blogger Natsthename said...

Subversion or selling out? Oh yes, selling out INDEED.

2:28 PM  

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