Banksy C/D

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So I saw the show in LA this weekend. In addition to BrAngelina, Christina Aguilera and other celebs, there was an actual "elephant in the room". Little cards were passed out with a picture of a starving child which included that line followed by: "*20* billion people live below the poverty line." Every single piece seemed like it came from the mind of a precocious 11 year old who had just learned the meaning of the phrase 'ironic juxtaposition.' The Paris Hilton prank seemed utterly pointless to me (her project is much more interesting). A couple friends said that I was in an ivory tower - I reminded them that they were in an art gallery.

Do any ilxors really rate this guy? Is there any good that comes from his progressive political message, especially when that message is delivered in way that's at every turn, heavy handed, clunky and hollow?

I.M. From Hollywood (i_m_from_hollywood), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 16:34 (fourteen years ago) link

i thought it was real cute that ZACK DE LA ROCHA was there and may have possibly stood directly in front of this painting

http://img122.imageshack.us/img122/9895/rocha2kx0.jpg

the whole thing could have been better if he passed around cards saying he was donating 100% of the proceeds to the heritage foundation or something. about as politically relevant as a junior high kid stenciling anarchy symbols on his trapper keeper, but then again BRAD PITT!!!!!!

ath (ath), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 16:37 (fourteen years ago) link

her project is much more interesting

I'm pondering the noun choice there.

(I have nothing to say about Banksy.)

And HI DERE IMFH.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 16:37 (fourteen years ago) link

'It's not like they're going to be hanging in the Louvre....'

ath (ath), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 16:38 (fourteen years ago) link

They made him wash the paint off his elephant.

nabisco (nabisco), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 18:02 (fourteen years ago) link

I saw the show too and fully predicted the instant backlash from the event horizon of hipsterati there. I expect Banksy to go after Brad/Angelina/etc. in his next round of pranking.

On the whole, I liked it. It's like a good issue of Mad Magazine. However it didn't help having a mob of idiots hollering out "OOOOH... SATIRE!" every second.

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 18:42 (fourteen years ago) link

FWIW, the only celebrity I saw there was see Kate Flannery (Meredith from The Office).

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 18:43 (fourteen years ago) link

I've only seen (in pix) his disneyland guantanamo prisoner stunt. I hadn't heard about him for a while.

Steve Shasta (Steve Shasta), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 19:08 (fourteen years ago) link

he just did that Paris Hilton prank with DangerMouse.

Sam: Screwed and Chopped (Molly Jones), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 19:09 (fourteen years ago) link

The proliferation of middlebrow grafiti is a curious phenomenon. See also "Swoon"

A-ron Hubbard (Hurting), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 19:10 (fourteen years ago) link

I guess that's a little unfair though.

Overall I suppose he's more good than bad, but I feel like his stylishness suggests an unwitting buying into the culture he's supposedly rejecting.

A-ron Hubbard (Hurting), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 19:13 (fourteen years ago) link

He copped a fuckload of stick on the Paris Hilton thread. Mostly Noodle Vague stick, though, so at least it was funny.

Space Gourmand (Haberdager), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 19:15 (fourteen years ago) link

don't we do this, like, weekly now

RoxyMuzak© (roxymuzak), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 19:19 (fourteen years ago) link

HI DERE NED -XX

However it didn't help having a mob of idiots hollering out "OOOOH... SATIRE!" every second.

Chris, that was probably me. Actually, I was saying that when I have a gallery show that I will throw feces at a fan to let people know that "the sh*t is hitting the fan." I will also ride into the gallery on a very high horse. Then I will ascend an actual ivory tower which I will invite Banksy to deface.

I.M. From Hollywood (i_m_from_hollywood), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 20:24 (fourteen years ago) link

i know it's not THE most original idea, but a good budy of mine Steve Smith (http://www.drunkingham.com & http://receivergallery.com/shows/stevesmith.php) has been doing this painting crazy shit on top of thriftstore paintings for a long time and now that mr. famous banksy is doing it, my friend will be called a biter.

steves:
http://www.drunkingham.com/images/popup/01.jpg

i own this one
http://receivergallery.com/shows/images/stevesmith/steve-lg/21.jpg

http://www.drunkingham.com/images/popup/spr-03f.jpg

and banksy's:
http://www.fecalface.com/openings/banksy/banksy14.jpg
http://www.fecalface.com/openings/banksy/banksy17.jpg

jaxon (jaxon), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 21:45 (fourteen years ago) link

> now that mr. famous banksy is doing it, my friend will be called a biter.

no, after the chapman brothers did it to those goya etchings, your friend will be called a biter 8)

am not sure banksy translates too well, either into american or from street grafitti to art gallery.

> Little cards were passed out with a picture of a starving child which included that line followed by: "*20* billion people live below the poverty line."

the full thing (from the guardian) is "There's an elephant in the room. There's a problem we never talk about. The fact is that life isn't getting any fairer. 1.7 billion people have no access to clean drinking water. 20 billion people live below the poverty line. Every day hundreds of people are made to physically be sick by morons at art shows telling them how bad the world is but never actually doing something about it. Anybody want a free glass of wine?" which is an entirely different thing.

Koogy Yonderboy (koogs), Wednesday, 20 September 2006 07:45 (fourteen years ago) link

He copped a fuckload of stick on the Paris Hilton thread.

Which thread is this?

Kv_nol (Kv_nol), Wednesday, 20 September 2006 07:53 (fourteen years ago) link

the lex meltdown one.

EARLY-90S MAN (Enrique), Wednesday, 20 September 2006 07:57 (fourteen years ago) link

I initially thought he might have done some crazy shit to the warehouse itself, so I was hopeful, but the L.A. thing was mostly just a gallery of pieces you can see on his website. Ocassionally worthwhile, but there was a lot of internet t-shirt store level stuff in there as well. And the elephant was for media attention purposes only.

running in circles (running in circles), Wednesday, 20 September 2006 07:59 (fourteen years ago) link

the lex meltdown one.

Link plz

Kv_nol (Kv_nol), Wednesday, 20 September 2006 08:11 (fourteen years ago) link

abandon all faith...

PARIS HILTON - PARIS

EARLY-90S MAN (Enrique), Wednesday, 20 September 2006 08:12 (fourteen years ago) link

Is there anything wrong with art that's well done and easy to understand?

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 20 September 2006 08:13 (fourteen years ago) link

yes.

EARLY-90S MAN (Enrique), Wednesday, 20 September 2006 08:16 (fourteen years ago) link

art critics don't like it because that's them out of a job.

Koogy Yonderboy (koogs), Wednesday, 20 September 2006 08:22 (fourteen years ago) link

how so?

EARLY-90S MAN (Enrique), Wednesday, 20 September 2006 08:23 (fourteen years ago) link

Art Crit: "It's a statement on World Poverty"

Everyone: "Yeah, we know!"

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 20 September 2006 08:29 (fourteen years ago) link

I like him okay enough from an aesthetic point of view but the discourse that surrounds him is so unbelievably wanky I find it offputting.

Anyway, the elephant in the room thing is LAME LAME LAME not only for the Do You See???? aspect but also because IN WHAT UNIVERSE IS "NO ONE TALKING ABOUT POVERTY?"

Matt DC (Matt DC), Wednesday, 20 September 2006 08:32 (fourteen years ago) link

music critic: it's for dancing to

everyone: o rly?

EARLY-90S MAN (Enrique), Wednesday, 20 September 2006 08:32 (fourteen years ago) link

(multi xpost) You call that a meltdown?

Kv_nol (Kv_nol), Wednesday, 20 September 2006 09:23 (fourteen years ago) link

could be false-memory syndrome, i don't want to read a gain though.

EARLY-90S MAN (Enrique), Wednesday, 20 September 2006 09:28 (fourteen years ago) link

Good idea. Didn't see much NV on it at all, if any...

Kv_nol (Kv_nol), Wednesday, 20 September 2006 09:31 (fourteen years ago) link

i went to his exhibition with teh pigs but the RSPCA beat me to it, no pigs for me :

The Real DG (D to thee G), Wednesday, 20 September 2006 09:37 (fourteen years ago) link

The RSPCA beat the pigs first?

Sorry, I'll get my coat.

Kv_nol (Kv_nol), Wednesday, 20 September 2006 09:53 (fourteen years ago) link

Which thread is this?

-- Kv_nol (kn0l4n80@

the lex meltdown one.

-- EARLY-90S MAN (miltonpinski@

"the lex meltdown one". That narrows it down plenty, doesn't it? Har.

Pashmina (Pashmina), Wednesday, 20 September 2006 10:28 (fourteen years ago) link

Koogs, you do know the latest global population statistics, right?

I.M. From Hollywood (i_m_from_hollywood), Wednesday, 20 September 2006 16:41 (fourteen years ago) link

that paris thread is GREAT.

RoxyMuzak© (roxymuzak), Wednesday, 20 September 2006 17:41 (fourteen years ago) link

1.7 billion people have no access to clean drinking water. 20 billion people live below the poverty line.

NOT TRUE! total world population is about 6.5 billion right now.

http://www.census.gov/ipc/www/world.html

ath (ath), Wednesday, 20 September 2006 18:52 (fourteen years ago) link

Wasn't that the joke?

Cressida Breem (neruokruokruokne?), Wednesday, 20 September 2006 19:01 (fourteen years ago) link

it's not a good joke so it's hard to tell.

jed_ (jed), Wednesday, 20 September 2006 19:08 (fourteen years ago) link

jaxon's friend steve's paintng approx 1000X better than banksy's.

jed_ (jed), Wednesday, 20 September 2006 19:11 (fourteen years ago) link

I don't see the joke at all. I'm pretty sure he/they/it meant 2 billion.

I.M. From Hollywood (i_m_from_hollywood), Wednesday, 20 September 2006 19:23 (fourteen years ago) link

I understood it as taking the piss out of people throwing around the largest numbers they can when trying to look passionate about the cause, and all the people at fundraisers nodding along and agreeing but not really reading or listening properly or genuinely caring. Everything apart from the "morons at art shows" line looks tongue in cheek. I don't know though, it seems a bit cleverer than the Paris Hilton thing.

Cressida Breem (neruokruokruokne?), Wednesday, 20 September 2006 21:51 (fourteen years ago) link

The delivery on the card is completely straight faced. There's the little wine joke at the end. It's clearly a misprint.

I.M. From Hollywood (i_m_from_hollywood), Wednesday, 20 September 2006 23:17 (fourteen years ago) link

Either that or ignorance, which the general level of intelligence on display at the show seems to suggest.

I.M. From Hollywood (i_m_from_hollywood), Wednesday, 20 September 2006 23:19 (fourteen years ago) link

Aah, he's a bit of a tit then. Not doing anything obvious to solve poverty other than making statements about how other people only ever make statements and don't bother doing anything just seems such a stupid thing to do if he's being sincere, I assumed it was a joke.

Cressida Breem (neruokruokruokne?), Thursday, 21 September 2006 00:00 (fourteen years ago) link

Confounded (Confounded), Thursday, 21 September 2006 03:14 (fourteen years ago) link

I don't know much about Banksy, but I do know that making fun of Paris Hilton is like shooting fish in a barrel, and the only purpose I can conceive for it would be to be maneuver into the slipstream of her celebrity and get wads of free publicity. IOW, a publicity stunt.

Aimless (Aimless), Thursday, 21 September 2006 14:36 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm sure this was DangerMouse's plan as well.

Sam: Screwed and Chopped (Molly Jones), Thursday, 21 September 2006 14:46 (fourteen years ago) link

"barley" man weighs in.

EARLY-90S MAN (Enrique), Friday, 22 September 2006 07:40 (fourteen years ago) link

i love that brooker's columns (cf the amazing timberlake one) are turning into the more vitriolic bits of tvgohome now.

EARLY-90S MAN (Enrique), Friday, 22 September 2006 07:41 (fourteen years ago) link

this image seems relevant

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DxHqyAtX0AA1NIW.jpg:large

Neil S, Thursday, 17 January 2019 14:31 (one year ago) link

five months pass...

he's wearing coloured contact lenses if it is

Rory end to the lowenbrow (Noodle Vague), Friday, 5 July 2019 08:18 (one year ago) link

Also, he's described as a "young man"... Del Naja was 38 in 2003.

Tuomas, Friday, 5 July 2019 08:21 (one year ago) link

"Banksy’s people were unimpressed.."

he's so damn hip and from the streets that he doesn't have a PR team or whatever famous ppl usually have .. he has "his people".

calzino, Friday, 5 July 2019 08:26 (one year ago) link

another fucking waste of an expensive public school education.

calzino, Friday, 5 July 2019 08:34 (one year ago) link

His manager Holly is Peter Cushing’s niece.

suzy, Friday, 5 July 2019 08:39 (one year ago) link

Let's settle this

Let's settle this once and for all, what is the true identity of #Banksy - I mean obviously it's #NigelRees

— uoʇƃuᴉɹɹƎ sǝɯɐſ (@weejay) July 5, 2019

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 5 July 2019 08:43 (one year ago) link

would rather get outed as a former operation ore defendant or a secret tory member than this absolute poltroon.

calzino, Friday, 5 July 2019 08:47 (one year ago) link

lol every time i hear banksy i think about what a complete fucking fraud the whole exit through the gift shop bs was

buzza, Friday, 5 July 2019 09:11 (one year ago) link

AH DO YOU SEE THOUGH

kinder, Friday, 5 July 2019 09:26 (one year ago) link

i love that moment when u realise your thought has been truly provoked!

calzino, Friday, 5 July 2019 09:43 (one year ago) link

my ops have been well challed

kinder, Friday, 5 July 2019 09:47 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

Massive Attack played a show in DC same day

flappy bird, Monday, 30 September 2019 04:40 (one year ago) link

makes u think

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 01:37 (one year ago) link

Wow never thought banksy would actually kill to protect his secret, a chilling development

“Hakuna Matata,” a nihilist philosophy (One Eye Open), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 03:17 (one year ago) link

Funny, I never thought banksy had anything worthwhile to share with the world, including their real name.

A is for (Aimless), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 03:21 (one year ago) link

definitely worth it

Captain ACAB (Neil S), Thursday, 3 October 2019 20:31 (one year ago) link

lol i thought that failed link was a "makes u think" joke, but now the scales have truly fallen from my eyes!

calzino, Thursday, 3 October 2019 20:37 (one year ago) link

He's really got great can control.

nickn, Thursday, 3 October 2019 20:50 (one year ago) link

seven months pass...

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-52556544

https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/660/cpsprodpb/83AB/production/_112170733_banksy1.jpg

A new Banksy artwork has appeared at Southampton General Hospital.

The largely monochrome painting, which is one square metre, was hung in collaboration with the hospital's managers in a foyer near the emergency department.

It shows a young boy kneeling by a wastepaper basket dressed in dungarees and a T-shirt.

He has discarded his Spiderman and Batman model figures in favour of a new favourite action hero - an NHS nurse.

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 9 May 2020 08:51 (five months ago) link

I have been biting my lip as seemingly everyone shares this this week, sure this is a safe space to complain about it though.

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 9 May 2020 08:53 (five months ago) link

such trite fucking shit

calzino, Saturday, 9 May 2020 08:53 (five months ago) link

totally apolitical as well

calzino, Saturday, 9 May 2020 08:54 (five months ago) link

fp'd banksy for this one

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 9 May 2020 09:03 (five months ago) link

Banky is a cunt I heard the other day

Flaneuring Bevan (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 9 May 2020 09:06 (five months ago) link

thing is even if he was in normal trenchant social commentary banksy mode it would have been still shit!

calzino, Saturday, 9 May 2020 09:08 (five months ago) link

i.e. if the little boy was boris johnson and the action figure in the bucket was winston churchill

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 9 May 2020 09:10 (five months ago) link

Boris jerking off in ICU with a copy of Razzle next to a mountain of Tiny Tim corpses. I'm doing his job for him here

calzino, Saturday, 9 May 2020 09:18 (five months ago) link

careful calz you'll get a turner prize at this rate

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 9 May 2020 09:42 (five months ago) link

You should send that idea to Jim'll Paint It.

brain (krakow), Saturday, 9 May 2020 10:14 (five months ago) link

Is banky aware that only nurses in pornography wear big red crosses on their uniforms

Appleman Appears: 20/2/2020. Whose Cider You On? (Bananaman Begins), Saturday, 9 May 2020 14:56 (five months ago) link

Banky is not aware of anything that happens on Earth

Flaneuring Bevan (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 9 May 2020 14:57 (five months ago) link

such trite fucking shit

From Banksy? Surely not?

Frank Bough: I Took Drugs with Vice Girls (Tom D.), Saturday, 9 May 2020 15:46 (five months ago) link

There's a continuum with "trenchant & simplistic but basically on the right side so guess we should let it slide" on one end and this fucking thing on the other.

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 9 May 2020 16:02 (five months ago) link

So glad I no longer have to walk past at least 4 of this turd's Jamie Reid meets whoever the fuck designed Ninja Tunes album covers horseshit on my way to and from work.

Maresn3st, Saturday, 9 May 2020 19:30 (five months ago) link

I mean, I won’t bemoan the sentiment, but Banksy continually cementing himself as the Gen X Thomas Kinkade.

circa1916, Saturday, 9 May 2020 21:53 (five months ago) link

I will bemoan the sentiment, nurses shouldn't be expected to be heroes, they are just people doing a job which only has this level of risk because the government hasn't provided them with adequate PPE. Making out like they are all selfless warriors only makes it less of a scandal when they die.

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 9 May 2020 21:57 (five months ago) link

Yeah I mean I’m not saying it isn’t stupid and confused.

circa1916, Saturday, 9 May 2020 22:00 (five months ago) link

three months pass...

https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2020/08/banksy-louise-michel/

"Banksy’s latest artwork can be spotted on a vessel rescuing refugees from north Africa, who are attempting to cross the Mediterranean to find safety in Europe."

"The anonymous British artist [] used the proceeds from the sale of an artwork to purchase a former French Navy boat"

koogs, Tuesday, 1 September 2020 08:45 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

Fucking new Banky in Nottingham, some twee bullshit appears while we've got a serious second wave. Shout out to the champs who graffitied over it.

emil.y, Saturday, 17 October 2020 13:47 (two weeks ago) link

The people who paint over his shit are the real Bankys

1000 Scampo DJs (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 17 October 2020 13:51 (two weeks ago) link

They sent out police to protect it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

emil.y, Saturday, 17 October 2020 13:52 (two weeks ago) link

lol fight the power

1000 Scampo DJs (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 17 October 2020 13:53 (two weeks ago) link

the hula hoop is covid and we are trapped within it, do u see?

turn the jawhatthefuckever on (One Eye Open), Saturday, 17 October 2020 14:10 (two weeks ago) link

Ahhhhhhhh!

emil.y, Saturday, 17 October 2020 14:12 (two weeks ago) link

Banky is a cop

But like a sound one, who would totally do a gay kiss, for a dare like

Gab B. Nebsit (wins), Saturday, 17 October 2020 14:37 (two weeks ago) link


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