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post #16 of 23
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Originally Posted by haganah View Post
I saw a few places online selling pictures of his work framed and I want to buy some for my wall. And i can't decide which ones to get because so many look great. I'm scared of putting some up just because i'd really rather not explain them to certain friends.

They are selling pictures of his art? As in photographs of his grafitti?

That makes absolutely no sense to me. Find an artist that does work you like that you can afford and buy that. That's my recommendation anyway.

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post #17 of 23
There's something inherently bizarre about the commoditization of Banksy that I really do wonder about. It's one thing when Brad Pitt pays 2 million to a charity for a piece; it's gotten to a whole new level of strange when people take pictures of his stuff and then frame it and sell it for home decoration. I can't tell if he's lost his subversive edge or if it was stolen from him. But I guess there's already something bizarre about someone named haganah being a huge Banksy fan, so what can you do.
post #18 of 23
I recall something off Digg a while back about a shop owner who came to work one morning to find some of his work on the outer wall of his shop. He quickly had the entire wall removed and was going to auction it off with the stipulation that the buyer had to replace the wall.

Also:

http://laist.com/2008/02/08/bansky_banksy_a.php

post #19 of 23
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Originally Posted by Reggs View Post
I recall something off Digg a while back about a shop owner who came to work one morning to find some of his work on the outer wall of his shop. He quickly had the entire wall removed and was going to auction it off with the stipulation that the buyer had to replace the wall.


I guess people used to do that with Samo's (JM Basquiat's) work. At least, there's a scene of that happening in the movie with Jeffrey Wright. But it's supposed to be true anyway.

And I think some of Revs's newer stuff (mostly "sculpture" has been stolen.

In neither of these cases is it the buidling/lot owner doing it, but just some person taking it to sell it.

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post #20 of 23
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Originally Posted by Arethusa View Post
There's something inherently bizarre about the commoditization of Banksy that I really do wonder about. It's one thing when Brad Pitt pays 2 million to a charity for a piece; it's gotten to a whole new level of strange when people take pictures of his stuff and then frame it and sell it for home decoration. I can't tell if he's lost his subversive edge or if it was stolen from him.

But I guess there's already something bizarre about someone named haganah being a huge Banksy fan, so what can you do.

Well aside from the prints he sells, yes there are pictures or canvases with photos of the graffiti. I'm not so sure one always needs to have original art for them to appreciate it. As for the price of the pieces, well I think that's something that goes beyond Banksy. And I highly doubt it was stolen from him.

As for me, I can't say I appreciate everything he stands for (ie the wall) but I do enjoy a lot of the other pieces. And that's all I can say about that I suppose.
post #21 of 23
I have to wonder whether his fame will kill his art. Will people rip off Bansky so they can get their graffiti up and not have it removed? Will the nature of the piece change for viewers, from vandalism to value? I'd be pretty steamed if my message was sticking it to the man and then the man started liking my work. It'd be completely marginalizing my legitimate message. We may be at the point where "it's by Banksy!" matters more than what it looks like...
post #22 of 23
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Originally Posted by redgrail View Post
Read his book, "Wall and Piece". His take on aesthetics is fascinating. Plus it's got lots of his best pieces.

I agree. I ordered this from Amazon right after seeing it in an UO in Vegas.
post #23 of 23
i'd have to say i'm a fan. what he did to paris was epic
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