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2013-10-14 09:44:48 AM
12 votes:
This just in, nobody ever cared what Banksy was spray-painting, they cared that he was spray-painting it on someone else's stuff because that's so "edgy" and "dangerous".

Tagging is to art as a Che t-shirt is to political discourse.
2013-10-14 08:40:34 AM
9 votes:
Not sure what he's trying to proof other then how much of the art world relies on perception and marketing to valuate their products, putting an otherwise renown artist on a street corner hocking his wares and surprise surprise no one feels they're worth anything and unwilling to pay what his marketing campaign has traditionally insisted they should be worth.  This isn't some profound statement, this is economics 101.
2013-10-14 09:50:31 AM
7 votes:

Fubini: Who is going to believe a random street vendor when he says he's got art by a world-class artist? He can't really sell them as such. If you went to an art house and did some advertising first you'd get a much better take.


Well, that was kinda the point I took from the video.  You stick a painting up in a museum or whatever and everyone thinks it's great and worth a fortune.  You stick the same painting with a random street vendor and suddenly that painting sucks and isn't worth much.  Presumably world-class artists make good art.  Shouldn't good be good no matter where it's at?  Kinda says something sad about the current state of art.
2013-10-14 08:38:56 AM
7 votes:
Sad?  That sounds about right.  It's not like his work is even up to the "Velvet Elvis" level of talent.
2013-10-14 08:38:16 AM
6 votes:
Why sad? Banksy isn't exactly a household name, people who are really attracted to his work (young people) are not the kid of folks who are going to drop a lot of money on art, and the streets of New York aren't exactly a prominent arthouse.

Who is going to believe a random street vendor when he says he's got art by a world-class artist? He can't really sell them as such. If you went to an art house and did some advertising first you'd get a much better take.

But then, at the end of the day it's not about money, is it? It's about making some dumb point.
2013-10-14 10:45:04 AM
4 votes:
Is this the thread where people who don't understand an attack on traditional art values demonize the man pointing out that "modern art" is nothing more than a thinly veiled marketing division?
2013-10-14 10:42:12 AM
4 votes:
It's amazing how differently this is being reported - here in the UK, it was a Banksy prank. The whole point was to get a homeless guy to sell these 'counterfeits' and point out the hypocrisy of so much of the art world - that, as a few have said, context is everything.

Nothing 'sad' about it, point proven.

Oh and some people now have original Banksy works worth tens of thousands of dollars/pounds, that they got for $60.
2013-10-14 10:07:10 AM
4 votes:

lennavan: Fubini: Who is going to believe a random street vendor when he says he's got art by a world-class artist? He can't really sell them as such. If you went to an art house and did some advertising first you'd get a much better take.

Well, that was kinda the point I took from the video.  You stick a painting up in a museum or whatever and everyone thinks it's great and worth a fortune.  You stick the same painting with a random street vendor and suddenly that painting sucks and isn't worth much.  Presumably world-class artists make good art.  Shouldn't good be good no matter where it's at?  Kinda says something sad about the current state of art.


Or it says that the 'value' in Banksy is the notoriety, not the quality of the 'art' in question.
2013-10-14 10:07:01 AM
4 votes:
If a street vendor was pushing Gucci purses for $60,you wouldn't think you hit it big. A gallery you would expect it to be vetted.

Other than that, he has a humorous and well crafted approach to his art.
2013-10-14 09:51:10 AM
4 votes:

Fubini: ...people who are really attracted to his work (young people) are not the kid of folks who are going to drop a lot of money on art

...

I imagine they just walked by and snapped a pic of his graffiti with their phones. His art by nature is disrespectful so I would expect anyone actually interested in it to just go ahead and steal it.
2013-10-14 09:45:06 AM
4 votes:
This Banksy adoration mainstreaming shiat has gone too far.  If people want to get into underground art appreciation there are oodles of great stuff out there.  Go feed a starving artist.
2013-10-14 11:03:07 AM
3 votes:

AgentPothead: Is this the thread where people who don't understand an attack on traditional art values demonize the man pointing out that "modern art" is nothing more than a thinly veiled marketing division?


The entire art world is false. I worked in it for years and have seen it all. Limited editions that sold for ten thousand end up being worth hundreds. In reality most of the "prints" are just printed from a printer now anyway and then signed by the artist or their assistant. Auctions rigged by the artist and investors to drive up the prices and to create a value that isn't real. Hell I've touched up some artwork myself. So in somebodies house is a piece that has my handiwork where I dabbed it with a sharpie or some framers mud. Art is about the name not the quality. You build the name and the experience of buying it. That is the art world. I love art however and did like working in the business. But seriously forget the name and the hype. Buy it because you like it and don't worry about the rest.
2013-10-14 09:54:50 AM
3 votes:

lennavan: Fubini: Who is going to believe a random street vendor when he says he's got art by a world-class artist? He can't really sell them as such. If you went to an art house and did some advertising first you'd get a much better take.

Well, that was kinda the point I took from the video.  You stick a painting up in a museum or whatever and everyone thinks it's great and worth a fortune.  You stick the same painting with a random street vendor and suddenly that painting sucks and isn't worth much.  Presumably world-class artists make good art.  Shouldn't good be good no matter where it's at?  Kinda says something sad about the current state of art.


It sure says something about Banksy's art.
2013-10-14 09:54:10 AM
3 votes:

MelGoesOnTour: Who's Banksy?  Never heard of him.her.


Oh, yeah, now I remember reading about him. I think he should be arrested for vandalism.
2013-10-14 09:53:31 AM
3 votes:
He was trolling. The point is, art is up to interpretation and since there were no signs that said, "HEY INTERNET, THIS IS BANKSYS STUFF!11!!!!," None of his usual demographic gave two shiats, because it is what it is. Stupid, overly produced hot-topic esque spray art. Well done, Banksy.
2013-10-14 09:42:50 AM
3 votes:
Americans don't know what the fark a Banksy is.
2013-10-14 01:01:20 PM
2 votes:
Whenever topics about art and pop-culture show up on Fark, it's easy to tell how old, white, conservative and out of touch most Farkers are.
2013-10-14 12:45:18 PM
2 votes:

busy chillin': Feel better?


I don't really feel bad about the fact that Banksy is terrible and his fans are suckers, so, no, not really. It's not really a relevant question.
2013-10-14 12:07:53 PM
2 votes:

the money is in the banana stand: ransack.: Am I the only American who just now heard of this guy for the first time? Is he a hipster icon or something? It looks like he just spray-paints clip art onto buildings. You should see some of the graffiti on the trains here in Indiana. Some of those guys have serious skill with a spraycan.

Art is mostly not about technical skill, ability, or aesthetic. Like most anything else, it is about creating a brand. Trying to get young artists to understand this is particularly difficult. Young artists think just because they are "good" they are going to be famous and make money. It is 90% about who you know and creating an effective brand image. What is really pretty funny is that your average Joe respects skill and aesthetic more-so than most avid art collectors and artists. This is precisely why most people don't give his work a second glance, and I don't blame them. I have never seen anything particularly compelling about Banksy's work. I absolutely despise intellectual artists as well.


So it's just like how Kanye West sold out of his $120 Kanye-brand plain white t-shirt?
I think I'm starting to understand.
2013-10-14 11:57:41 AM
2 votes:

ransack.: Am I the only American who just now heard of this guy for the first time? Is he a hipster icon or something? It looks like he just spray-paints clip art onto buildings. You should see some of the graffiti on the trains here in Indiana. Some of those guys have serious skill with a spraycan.


Art is mostly not about technical skill, ability, or aesthetic. Like most anything else, it is about creating a brand. Trying to get young artists to understand this is particularly difficult. Young artists think just because they are "good" they are going to be famous and make money. It is 90% about who you know and creating an effective brand image. What is really pretty funny is that your average Joe respects skill and aesthetic more-so than most avid art collectors and artists. This is precisely why most people don't give his work a second glance, and I don't blame them. I have never seen anything particularly compelling about Banksy's work. I absolutely despise intellectual artists as well.
2013-10-14 10:34:08 AM
2 votes:
Andy farking Warhol singlehandedly murdered art. And made a pretty picture using the skin to sell to a multinational corporation for their brochures.
2013-10-14 10:33:57 AM
2 votes:

StreetlightInTheGhetto: MelGoesOnTour: MelGoesOnTour: Who's Banksy?  Never heard of him.her.

Oh, yeah, now I remember reading about him. I think he should be arrested for vandalism.

It's cool that you shared your well informed opinion with us, thanks.


Next time he scrawls his "art" on property you (not he) own, give me a call to tell me how happy you are about it.
2013-10-14 10:30:44 AM
2 votes:

tb tibbles: If a street vendor was pushing Gucci purses for $60,you wouldn't think you hit it big. A gallery you would expect it to be vetted.

Other than that, he has a humorous and well crafted approach to his art.


yeah, i was going to say something along these lines

If someone on the street was selling rolex watches, i would not pay the manufacturer's suggested retail price.
2013-10-14 10:22:47 AM
2 votes:
Dude made $420 in one day, I'd be pretty damn happy if I made $420 a day.
2013-10-14 10:17:12 AM
2 votes:
Not sure how this is sad. Street art vendors would be thrilled to take in 420 daily.
2013-10-14 09:57:39 AM
2 votes:

lennavan: Fubini: Who is going to believe a random street vendor when he says he's got art by a world-class artist? He can't really sell them as such. If you went to an art house and did some advertising first you'd get a much better take.

Well, that was kinda the point I took from the video.  You stick a painting up in a museum or whatever and everyone thinks it's great and worth a fortune.  You stick the same painting with a random street vendor and suddenly that painting sucks and isn't worth much.  Presumably world-class artists make good art.  Shouldn't good be good no matter where it's at?  Kinda says something sad about the current state of art.


That's kind of the point of Banksy.  At least his earlier stuff.  And say what you will about skill, he forced a dialogue that needed to be forced.

my.opera.com
2013-10-14 09:56:59 AM
2 votes:

lennavan: Fubini: Who is going to believe a random street vendor when he says he's got art by a world-class artist? He can't really sell them as such. If you went to an art house and did some advertising first you'd get a much better take.

Well, that was kinda the point I took from the video.  You stick a painting up in a museum or whatever and everyone thinks it's great and worth a fortune.  You stick the same painting with a random street vendor and suddenly that painting sucks and isn't worth much.  Presumably world-class artists make good art.  Shouldn't good be good no matter where it's at?  Kinda says something sad about the current state of art.


Art's value is what you can convince people who buy art how much they should pay for it. The actual quality of the work is incidental.
2013-10-14 09:55:29 AM
2 votes:
lennavan:
Well, that was kinda the point I took from the video.  You stick a painting up in a museum or whatever and everyone thinks it's great and worth a fortune.  You stick the same painting with a random street vendor and suddenly that painting sucks and isn't worth much.  Presumably world-class artists make good art.  Shouldn't good be good no matter where it's at?  Kinda says something sad about the current state of art.

This is nothing new. There are loads on instances where a piece of art was thought to be by a famous painter and then a hundred years later something came up to indicate it was either by a student of theirs, their wife or a forger. Nothing about the skill involved in creating the work changed, nothing about the imagery, colors or content changed, and yet in an instant it went from being worth millions to being a worthless oddity in a collection.
2013-10-14 09:53:06 AM
2 votes:
Who cares?
2013-10-14 09:52:28 AM
2 votes:
Who's Banksy?  Never heard of him.her.
2013-10-14 09:50:26 AM
2 votes:
The value of art is weird and fickle and depends almost entirely on perception and fashion.
2013-10-14 09:49:17 AM
2 votes:
I can photocopy, x-acto and spraypaint, too.

I wish I'd thought to put them all together.
2013-10-14 07:09:15 PM
1 votes:

HotWingConspiracy: MelGoesOnTour: Mcaffolder: MelGoesOnTour: StreetlightInTheGhetto: MelGoesOnTour: MelGoesOnTour: Who's Banksy?  Never heard of him.her.

Oh, yeah, now I remember reading about him. I think he should be arrested for vandalism.

It's cool that you shared your well informed opinion with us, thanks.

Next time he scrawls his "art" on property you (not he) own, give me a call to tell me how happy you are about it.

Id be EXTREMELY HAPPY! Considering what one of his pieces can retail for. Obviously you dont have two brain cells to rub together or you would stop yourself from putting your foot so far down your own throat that it needs to be surgically removed.

Ooooo, is that like some sort of hipster remark?  Okay, I get it. I'm not "hip" since I think his shiatty drawings are shaitty, is that it? So some folks paid lots o' money for his "art". eh? That's what's called "having more money than you know what to do with".

But when you actually OWN property (like a house and I don't mean your mom's house or the sleeper-sofa the basement you sleep in) you tend not to like others defacing it.

So you think these people that have too much money live in their mom's basement?


Ay yi yi---please, just...stop it.   ;)  Listen, folks, I like certain art projects as much as anyone but I wouldn't want to come home to find that Christo (for instance) covered my house in pink cloth. Okay? Maybe to him and his fans it's cool and whatnot. Good for them. But to me it'd be nothing more than a pain in the arse that I'D have to clean up since I don't like that sort of crap. Okay? And the same would apply for me if, for instance again, I found a building I owned covered in graffiti and would have to clean up after it. Why is it some of you folks think that because YOU like that sort of "art" that everyone else would? To put it simply, let him cover his OWN buildings and such with spray paint and whatnot. Is that so hard to ask? Personal property should never be used as someone else's canvas just because an "artist" thinks it'd be cool and trendy to deface it.  Heck, I can't even imagine the thought processes a person might have that allows them to self-justify drawing on someone else's wall or house or parking lot walls or whatever. That'd be akin to me going to someone's house and deciding it'd look better with stripes on it and assuming that the owner would be cool with it. Now, on the other hand, if he'd ASK the owners first, well, that'd be fine. But that's not how he got his notoriety.
2013-10-14 05:32:58 PM
1 votes:

twincamakiko: Whenever topics about art and pop-culture show up on Fark, it's easy to tell how old, white, conservative and out of touch most Farkers are.


Hey, I'm old and white and love Banksy! (just not conservative)  The world is more interesting with him in it.
2013-10-14 05:00:19 PM
1 votes:
And yeah, we are all talking about him, so that is marketing.

I guess I just like him. I realize that bothers many of you.
2013-10-14 04:50:50 PM
1 votes:

Whodat: flynn80: keepitcherry: Lol @ people in this thread shiatting on Banksy. The guy has sold pieces for over a million dollars.

Lol, worth even more when he's dead.

It is interesting to me that he made is bones as a geurrilla artist but is now his work is selling in galleries etc. He has become a cog in the machine he railed(s) against. He used to decry the money and marketing in the art world. Now he embraces it fully. In short Banksy is a sell out/hypocrite. Granted, he is a wealthy sell out/hypocrite.


It seems to me if he had truly sold out and bought into the hype surrounding him and his work, he sure as sh*t wouldn't sell a few original paintings on the street corner for $420.
2013-10-14 03:59:26 PM
1 votes:
spacebison.com
2013-10-14 03:39:05 PM
1 votes:

BumpInTheNight: Not sure what he's trying to proof other then how much of the art world relies on perception and marketing to valuate their products,


I don't think he's necessarily trying to prove anything. He's in a way like Keith Haring who didn't really like the idea that only people with a lot of money could get new art. So Haring sold posters, t-shirts, postcards etc, that way anyone who wanted one of his works could have it in a form that fit their budget and likes. Also Banksy really, really hates art dealers so why not just sell from some table outside?
2013-10-14 03:29:51 PM
1 votes:

Fubini: Why sad? Banksy isn't exactly a household name, people who are really attracted to his work (young people) are not the kid of folks who are going to drop a lot of money on art, and the streets of New York aren't exactly a prominent arthouse.


The people who are "really attracked to his work" aren't "young people", they are "thugs who like to spray paint crap on other peoples property".

Thugs don't spend a lot of money on art.
2013-10-14 02:39:57 PM
1 votes:

DarkVader: you keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.


I literally used the word "steal" once and the emphasizing italics were on it for a reason.

Most of the guy's "artwork" is essentially stolen and stenciled imagery hence why I chose the word I used. I was simply mentioning the irony of the situation.
2013-10-14 02:12:02 PM
1 votes:
I've never been a fan of his work.  His "edgy" juxtaposition of wholesome figures doing subversive acts seems about as creative as a high school kid's notebook.

I get the feeling in about 25 years or so, it will be looked back as something as corny and dated as Patrick Nagel's 80s Girls.
2013-10-14 02:08:59 PM
1 votes:

psychopathic tendencies: You did, in fact, stop saying what I wanted to hear which, from now until the end of time, shall be known as 'intelligent and informed discourse.'


Feel free to offer a differing opinion instead of just whining about the one I proffered then.

You know what's really the WORST thing about Banksy, though? He's just Xavier Prou without the benefit of being novel.
2013-10-14 01:33:28 PM
1 votes:

keepitcherry: Lol @ people in this  thread shiatting on Banksy. The guy has sold pieces for over a million dollars.


And Bansky is now shiatting on whoever paid that much.
2013-10-14 01:20:11 PM
1 votes:

skozlaw: psychopathic tendencies: What gives?

Presumably, I stopped saying what you wanted to hear.

ransack.: Are you Bansky?

Tom Morello.


No, you started saying stupid, defensive, bitter shiat about topics with which you have no education or insight. So, actually, yes - I recant my previous statement. You did, in fact, stop saying what I wanted to hear which, from now until the end of time, shall be known as 'intelligent and informed discourse.'

/maybe you can try again, this time resisting the urge to channel your inner 16 year old art philosopher.
2013-10-14 01:06:42 PM
1 votes:

the money is in the banana stand: GuyFawkes: bin_smokin: Bslim: AeAe: skozlaw: ransack.: Who's Norman Rockwell?

I think he painted soup cans or something.

Wrong.  Starry Starry Night

Nah, that there is a DaVinci in his post-modern period.

Nope, its Van Gogh

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Starry_Night


I've seen Starry Night hundreds of times now and still love it.  The "new" Pollock at MoMA is pretty amazing too.

/member of MoMA
//banksy is pretty cool too

Anyone who cites Pollock's work as amazing has horrible taste in art. Pollock is the retarded version of Cy Twombly, and that is saying a lot.


stoplikingwhatidontlike.jpg
2013-10-14 01:05:02 PM
1 votes:

skozlaw: ransack.: So it's just like how Kanye West sold out of his $120 Kanye-brand plain white t-shirt?

More like Rage Against the Machine. Pseudo-intellectual satire, sarcasm and criticism aimed at appealing to people who want to feel like they're rebellious but don't want to put in the effort or risk to actually rebel against anything.

Plus it's not even his own technique. He copied some French guy without really expanding the style or adding his own signature to it.

That's why his crap is "worth" so much. It appeals to every retard with a checkbook bigger than their brain.


Are you Bansky?
2013-10-14 12:55:43 PM
1 votes:

skozlaw: ransack.: So it's just like how Kanye West sold out of his $120 Kanye-brand plain white t-shirt?

More like Rage Against the Machine. Pseudo-intellectual satire, sarcasm and criticism aimed at appealing to people who want to feel like they're rebellious but don't want to put in the effort or risk to actually rebel against anything.

Plus it's not even his own technique. He copied some French guy without really expanding the style or adding his own signature to it.

That's why his crap is "worth" so much. It appeals to every retard with a checkbook bigger than their brain.


Damn man, did you put an innocent man in jail this morning or something? In two posts, my impression of you went from 'interesting guy with often decent points' to 'Mr. Butthurt.' What gives?
2013-10-14 12:45:35 PM
1 votes:
That area of Central Park is all tourists. If he went to Williamsburg, the hipsters would have recognized it as Banksy art.
2013-10-14 12:38:53 PM
1 votes:

bin_smokin: Bslim: AeAe: skozlaw: ransack.: Who's Norman Rockwell?

I think he painted soup cans or something.

Wrong.  Starry Starry Night

Nah, that there is a DaVinci in his post-modern period.

Nope, its Van Gogh

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Starry_Night



I've seen Starry Night hundreds of times now and still love it.  The "new" Pollock at MoMA is pretty amazing too.

/member of MoMA
//banksy is pretty cool too
2013-10-14 12:26:37 PM
1 votes:

StreetlightInTheGhetto: bin_smokin: Bslim: AeAe: skozlaw: ransack.: Who's Norman Rockwell?

I think he painted soup cans or something.

Wrong.  Starry Starry Night

Nah, that there is a DaVinci in his post-modern period.

Nope, its Van Gogh

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Starry_Night

Wikipedia's wrong, it's Georgia O'Keeffe.

Or maybe Anne Frank.


That's pretty good art for a blind girl.
2013-10-14 12:20:51 PM
1 votes:

Bslim: AeAe: skozlaw: ransack.: Who's Norman Rockwell?

I think he painted soup cans or something.

Wrong.  Starry Starry Night

Nah, that there is a DaVinci in his post-modern period.


Nope, its Van Gogh

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Starry_Night
2013-10-14 11:45:28 AM
1 votes:
farm5.staticflickr.com
2013-10-14 11:29:42 AM
1 votes:

busy chillin': Jesus, i tried to sell a baseball and no one cared. But then I said it was a home run ball from Babe Ruth and the price went up.

It's like people just care about the name attached to things. My friend can dunk a basketball and nobody cares, but when Jordan did everybody goes crazy.

PHONIES!

/it's almost like people like other people and become fans of other people and then put more value on what that person does.
//super duper weird


It is kind of weird. I feel that way about actors and actresses. They go on numerous tv shows doing interviews about their "craft" but honestly, who the hell cares? They're people who pretend to feel stuff for a living.
Also: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSTEqHxh3fI
2013-10-14 11:27:09 AM
1 votes:

Gothnet: Fubini: Why sad? Banksy isn't exactly a household name, people who are really attracted to his work (young people) are not the kid of folks who are going to drop a lot of money on art, and the streets of New York aren't exactly a prominent arthouse.

His work (where it's not attached to a building, and even then sometimes they sell the wall, or the whole building) goes for tens of thousands of dollars. Some pieces have gone for hundreds of thousands. The estimate I saw was that these folks that picked up a few pieces at $60 are looking at a roughly $20K profit if they flip them.


Why? Why do people with such large amounts of expendable income want his art? Is it to impress other people? Do they expect it to appreciate in value? Or do they really like looking at his pictures that damn much? Couldn't they just buy a print?

I'm not being facetious here. I really don't get it.
2013-10-14 11:26:42 AM
1 votes:

Billy Bathsalt: It's like when Joshua Bell was playing violin in the DC Metro.  The only one to stop and appreciate the music was a small child.


To be fair, if I stopped for 10-15 minutes to listen to someone play music as I was walking to work, I'd be 10-15 minutes late. Did he do this at rush hour, or was he on a train, or what?

/Not being confrontational, it's just I think the context makes a big difference here.
2013-10-14 11:03:30 AM
1 votes:

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: MelGoesOnTour: StreetlightInTheGhetto: MelGoesOnTour: MelGoesOnTour: Who's Banksy?  Never heard of him.her.

Oh, yeah, now I remember reading about him. I think he should be arrested for vandalism.

It's cool that you shared your well informed opinion with us, thanks.

Next time he scrawls his "art" on property you (not he) own, give me a call to tell me how happy you are about it.


I'd feel like this:

[cdn.uproxx.com image 650x365]


GET OUT OF MY HEAD.

He did this where my Grandfather used to work.  I was OK with it.  I'm not OK with the gallery people who cut it down, even if someone else would've done the same.  But that's me.

laughingsquid.com
2013-10-14 11:01:30 AM
1 votes:

ransack.: Am I the only American who just now heard of this guy for the first time? Is he a hipster icon or something? It looks like he just spray-paints clip art onto buildings. You should see some of the graffiti on the trains here in Indiana. Some of those guys have serious skill with a spraycan.


There is a guy set up on the boardwalk in Wilidwood NJ, he calls himself Joshua Moonshine.

He sits there all day listening to techno and making Roger Deen like album covers with spray paint.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZ4vNXcEwfQ
2013-10-14 10:58:10 AM
1 votes:
But it ain't no contribution
To rely on an institution
To validate your chosen art
And to sanction your boredom and let you play out your part

Jim Carroll
2013-10-14 10:47:47 AM
1 votes:

gordoLDN: Oh and some people now have original Banksy works worth tens of thousands of dollars/pounds, that they got for $60.


Art, like comic books, is worth what you can sell it for, not what the listing says it's worth.
2013-10-14 10:45:43 AM
1 votes:
Am I the only American who just now heard of this guy for the first time? Is he a hipster icon or something? It looks like he just spray-paints clip art onto buildings. You should see some of the graffiti on the trains here in Indiana. Some of those guys have serious skill with a spraycan.
2013-10-14 10:44:07 AM
1 votes:

StreetlightInTheGhetto: That's kind of the point of Banksy. At least his earlier stuff. And say what you will about skill, he forced a dialogue that needed to be forced.


A monologue with yourself is still a monologue.
2013-10-14 10:43:45 AM
1 votes:
That is a brilliant piece of performance art, that is on the genius level compared to his painting an elephant. Also those are some lucky farkers if they ever realize what they got. And also don't forget that the impressionist masters used to sell there wares on the streets in Paris.
2013-10-14 10:41:57 AM
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If someone pays for it, it isn't art anymore. It's product.
2013-10-14 10:37:35 AM
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Since the artists name was not made known to the potential buyers, what do you expect.
2013-10-14 10:36:53 AM
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MelGoesOnTour: StreetlightInTheGhetto: MelGoesOnTour: MelGoesOnTour: Who's Banksy?  Never heard of him.her.

Oh, yeah, now I remember reading about him. I think he should be arrested for vandalism.

It's cool that you shared your well informed opinion with us, thanks.

Next time he scrawls his "art" on property you (not he) own, give me a call to tell me how happy you are about it.



I'd feel like this:

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2013-10-14 10:30:56 AM
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I fail to appreciate the haters. Sure he's trolling, but he's a very good artist making a point. Which is also art. I would like to believe that, had I been walking by that day, I would have recognized his work and become a millionaire for a few hundred bucks.

R. MUTT
2013-10-14 10:11:12 AM
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It's like when Joshua Bell was playing violin in the DC Metro.  The only one to stop and appreciate the music was a small child.
2013-10-14 10:00:28 AM
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The price of something is what the last person is willing to pay for it.
2013-10-14 09:58:12 AM
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I honestly have no idea what a Banksy is.
2013-10-14 09:50:41 AM
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Banksy?  $420?  Fools and their money....
 
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