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I only hope that one day I get the lack of recognition I deserve. We’ve become so used to seeing beautiful murals on buildings around South Florida that we forget, not too long ago, they were illegal and the artists who made them were called vandals. Thanks to the “Banksy Effect,” outsider art has been part of global culture for more than twenty years. There was a time when Banksy had to elude police in his hometown of Bristol. Today, […]

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Banksy

I only hope that one day I get the lack of recognition I deserve.

We’ve become so used to seeing beautiful murals on buildings around South Florida that we forget, not too long ago, they were illegal and the artists who made them were called vandals.

Thanks to the “Banksy Effect,” outsider art has been part of global culture for more than twenty years. There was a time when Banksy had to elude police in his hometown of Bristol. Today, Bristol invites street artists to paint its buildings. There are Banksy tours, and even a Google map of the locations of Banksy’s Bristol murals.

The Bristol Council, which had once ordered Banksy’s graffiti to be scrubbed away, bowed to public opinion, and voted to keep his mural, Naked Man, (painted on the side of a sex health clinic), intact.

Although street art is more mainstreamed now, the rituals and politics of the art is strictly maintained among street artists, many of whom often connect through their art.

In Choose Your Weapon, in our gallery as of this writing, Banksy gives a nod to Keith Haring, with the weapon of choice being a Haring dog.

The relationships among street artists are not always cordial. The 2011 film, Graffiti Wars, documents the rivalry between Banksy and London street artist, Robbo. The movie also looks at the history of street art and includes interviews with Blek le Rat and other notable street artists.

One of the most astonishing things about Banksy, is that he has been able to maintain his mystique while his works remain some of the most coveted pieces in the art world.

He doesn’t appear in the films made about him, but his presence is very apparent. HBO has released a documentary, Banksy Does New York, about the 31 days he spent in the city, as self-appointed “artist in residence.” He produced one piece of art a day, posting clues to their locations on social media, causing a scavenger-hunt frenzy among his fans.

Banksy’s art is touching, often funny and always beautifully rendered. New York’s mayor, Michael Bloomberg, was not happy with Banksy, although he claimed, “Art is art and nobody’s a bigger supporter of the arts than I am.” “If you think my graffiti is overrated, you’d be right,” Banksy said, “I only hope that one day I get the lack of recognition I deserve.”

Banksy Choose Your Weapon (Light Orange), 2010 Screenprint 23.62h X 23.62w in. Edition of 25

Banksy
Choose Your Weapon (Light Orange), 2010
Screenprint
23.62h X 23.62w in.
Edition of 25

Banksy Naked Man, 2006

Banksy
Naked Man, 2006

Banksy Trolley Hunters, 2007 Screenprint 22 X 30 in. Edition of 750

Available at VFA: Banksy, Trolley Hunters, 2007
Screenprint, 22 X 30 in., Edition of 750

Banksy Art

Street sculpture: British street artist Banksy’s October 22 addition to his New York residency was this foam and cement sphinx in Willets Point, Queens

Banksy, Graffiti is a Crime

Banksy, Graffiti is a Crime

London Phone Booth by Bansky, 2006

London Phone Booth by Bansky, 2006

Banksy, Bomb damage, Gaza City

Banksy, Bomb damage, Gaza City

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