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Banksy and his special status in the graffiti world

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Chojin, 15 Jul 2020.

  1. Chojin

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    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-53407715

    Reading about the latest Banksy which was on a train and is it just me or are his 'artworks' becoming a bit trite?

    So he had some good paintings in Bristol in his early days but now everything he does seems a bit too engineered/commissioned to me. Like the artistic equivalent of a panel show or something.

    I recently had the side of my house spray painted with graffiti. Somebody committed a crime in my neighbourhood and the police ought to do something about it.

    Does Banksy get a free pass for being a national treasure?
     
  2. cheesyboy

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    If you deface another's property, but in doing so substantially add value to that property, have you actually defaced it at all?
     
  3. jsmoke

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    He's burning out, losing his edge.
     
  4. Wizzfizz

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    I find his work boring in all honesty
     
  5. Doobedoo

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    Agreed he’s just an enigma because his identity has never been revealed. I imagine if people knew he was just a spotty faced chav the appeal would disappear immediately.
     
  6. explicit4u

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    The large tag ruined it imo, if it was just the stencils/masks I'd consider keeping it for the attraction but I believe this goes against TFL's zero tolerance stance on graffiti.

    Hopefully it wasn't too difficult to clean.
     
  7. Efour

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    The act of "installing" the vandalism is 99% of the art on this one, if it's even "him."

    Not one of his best.
     
  8. freddie64

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  9. SizEzE

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    Completely sold out. That said I wish I had kept the two pieces I had for awhile longer, the pricing is now insane.
     
  10. Malevolence

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    Nowt but a vandal.
     
  11. GinGo

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    I never understood the appeal to anything he's done tbh, having said that, i don't really like most art.
     
  12. Rroff

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    Have to say I didn't think much of this one and has a commissioned feel to it.
     
  13. .Lethal

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    TFL removed it almost immediately. Pretty sure it wasn't.
     
  14. Minusorange

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    Banksy reminding the world he's just a glorified vandal and showing the hypocrisy between his vandalism being art vs everyone else being vandalism
     
  15. Tony Edwards

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    Most of Banksys grafffiti pieces are political statements, usually anti government incompetence or injustices. Im not surprised a lot of people dont like his works.
     
  16. Hades

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    He has talent. But so do many other people. I'm genuinely confused as to why his work is worth so much. It's bizarre and has a touch of the Emperors New Clothes.
     
  17. jpaul

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    Don't mention the war - I'm expecting to see the other new art piece, too, to similarly disappear tonight ? the mayor made the right call.

    The banksy New York exhibition was good ? when he failed to sell some on the market, but, nonetheless, the grafitti pieces are a very accessible art form.


    edit : and this should still be on a stamp

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    Last edited: 15 Jul 2020
  18. koolpc

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    Graffiti it was and so it should be removed!
     
  19. SexyGreyFox

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    For that latest one he should be arrested, blatant vandalism.
     
  20. Mekrel

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    Some of his stuff can be thought provoking, such as the child playing with a NHS worker doll. However, that tag is just as much pointless vandalism as any other tag.

    I like how on the BBC they explain that the tag is the same colour as a face mask. That's the most tenuous link I've heard in a while, the last thing I think when seeing that tag is "oh, it's the same colour as a disposable face mask".