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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

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 21 Nov 2004

    Posts: 2,388


    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


    Joined: 7 Dec 2012

    Posts: 14,512

    Location: Gloucestershire

    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


    Joined: 17 Jun 2012

    Posts: 10,266

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


    Joined: 13 Oct 2003

    Posts: 10,619

    Location: Left of the middle

    I find his work boring in all honesty
  5. Doobedoo


    Joined: 24 Jul 2016

    Posts: 3,332

    Location: South West

    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


    Joined: 29 Nov 2008

    Posts: 10,827

    Location: London

    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


    Joined: 8 Sep 2005

    Posts: 26,801

    Location: Norrbotten, Sweden.

    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


    Joined: 22 Mar 2008

    Posts: 3,198

  9. SizEzE


    Joined: 2 Dec 2002

    Posts: 498

    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


    Joined: 21 Oct 2011

    Posts: 16,559

    Nowt but a vandal.
  11. GinGo


    Joined: 5 Mar 2014

    Posts: 248

    Location: South Shields

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

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 13 Oct 2006

    Posts: 75,364

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


    Joined: 8 Jun 2005

    Posts: 7,288

    Location: United Kingdom

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


    Joined: 25 Nov 2005

    Posts: 7,201

    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


    Joined: 4 Feb 2018

    Posts: 7,027

    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


    Joined: 19 Oct 2002

    Posts: 25,921

    Location: Surrey

    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


    Joined: 1 Mar 2010

    Posts: 14,047

    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

    Last edited: 15 Jul 2020
  18. koolpc


    Joined: 2 Dec 2004

    Posts: 12,283

    Location: Under The Desk, Wales

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

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 29 Mar 2003

    Posts: 52,151

    Location: Stoke on Trent

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


    Joined: 2 Aug 2004

    Posts: 7,032

    Location: Buckinghamshire

    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".