Last weekend we saw this article appearing everywhere on the interwebs:
Banksy hits Number 10
Banksy, the Scarlet Pimpernel of the art world made a cock out of Number 10. Outwitting security that includes multiple CCTV cameras, armed response units, radar, air support and a bobby on the doorstep, the publicity-hungry/shy graffiti artist somehow left one of his trademark stencils at the door of power last night – causing an immediate media storm.
As you might not know, Number 10 is the White House equivalent of the UK. Although I personally doubt it’s really Banksy, I still think it’s extremely funny and decided to post it anyhow.
This is totally Banksy.
Made me rofl (“…a bobby on the doorstep…”!)
How did “The Simpsons” manage to track down Banksy, the pseudonymous British artist, and get him to create the powerful opening-credit sequence from Sunday’s episode, which seems to reveal the torturous sweatshop responsible for the show’s creation? And how, after all that mockery, have the…
(Source: The New York Times)
Finally my copy of the Banksy-directed film ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’ came in the mail. And I watched it, and it is amazing. One of the best directing debuts I’ve seen. It’s an exciting, hilarious, as well as inspiring look into the life of street art. It shows many different works and the process of getting them done, by different street artists, including the one and only Banksy. The documentary style of the movie, and the handheld camera, gives you that feeling of being right there with ‘em. And then that great twist halfway through. Banksy turning the camera on the never-tiring French cameraman, starting and documenting his story, the story of Thierry Guetta aka Mr Brainwash, which—in the end—doesn’t really have a moral, but is a great statement about the art world.
So yeah, go buy it. Go watch it.
On the authenticity of the film: Even though, while watching the movie, I had more than once the feeling that this is too hilarious to be true, I think I agree with one reviewer saying, that the “story’s too good, too weirdly rich, to be made up.” And Roger Ebert is definitely right, saying that “the widespread speculation that ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’ is a hoax only adds to its fascination.”
And it works both ways; the story’s unbelievably amazing and hilarious—but if it is hoax, that’d be one unbelievably giant hoax, expanding out of the confines of the movie, as there is a Mr Brainwash, and its representant is Thierry Guetta, who supposedly is the artist.
If Mr Brainwash isn’t Guetta, but Banksy, he would not only be making art that’s pretty much a parody of what he does as Banksy, but also having Guetta faking to be the artist of his work under the name of Mr Brainwash in real-life— as MrBW did and continues to have art exhibitions (—as well as pulling a prank on art collectors, who’d be missing the opportunity to buy original Banksys for much less money). But since Banksy has already pulled some crazy shit during his career, I guess we’ll never really know.