|Stop and Search (2007) Screen print on paper|
In any event, curator Steve Lazarides' traveling exhibit is making a mint, which seems somewhat contrary to Banksy's artistic intentions. Nonetheless, I put my money on the table and headed to Miami to see the show over the holidays. When else would I have the chance to see such a quantity of Banksy's work?
|Wild Style Cow (photograph)|
|Di Faced Tenners (paper)|
I was surprised to learn that Banksy has designed album covers and created images inspired by some of his (presumably) favorite songs. (I wasn't surprised to learn they were for bands unknown to me.) I particularly liked this one, which could have been a scene from the play "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change." It was actually inspired by a song called "Out of Time" from Think Tank's album entitled Blur.
"I like to think I have the guts to stand up anonymously in a western democracy and call for things no-one else believes in -- like peace and justice and freedom."
"Graffiti ultimately wins out over proper art because it becomes part of your city. It's a tool. 'I'll meet you in that pub, you know, the one opposite that wall with a picture of a monkey holding a chainsaw.' I mean, how much more useful can a painting be than that?"
Morons (the canvas reads:
I can't believe you morons actually buy this shit)
Overall, though, the show had much less impact than I had anticipated. Sure, it was fun to see Banksy's work, but it wasn't the same as unexpectedly coming across one of his paintings on a random building. But don't let my reaction dissuade you from checking it out. The Art of Banksy runs through February 28th. For more about the show, click here. If you're planning to go, check Groupon for tickets before paying full price.