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Saturday, October 07, 2006

True that

Fantastic painting from Banksy's recent "Barely Legal" exhibition in LA. This got a lot of press on account of the live elephant he painted as part of the artworks, but you may have heard of this British prankster before.

Just last month, Banksy wreaked havoc on the launch of Paris Hilton's album. 500 copies, in nearly 50 stores around the UK, were replaced with handmade hijacked versions. This included altered cover art with a topless Ms Hilton, retitled tracks such as 'What Am I For?' and 'Why Am I Famous?' and remixes by Danger Mouse. There's a great video here on YouTube showing the process.

He's also the guy who, a couple of years ago, simultaneously planted subverted artworks in four major art museums across America. And then managed to sneak a version of a cave painting (complete with shopping trolley) into the British Museum. It is now part of their permanent collection.

Banksy (yes it's a pseudonym, no the true identity is not known) got his start in graffiti art. His stencils are pretty damn incredible. Not to mention the murals he's done around England and the world. I like how he incorporates the features of the environment, like window frames and how so many seem to be life size. Main themes are anti-capitalist/anti-war kind of thing, very clever and subversive - not to mention funny. Joe? Davey? You gots to check the places he's bombed... "we're bored of fish" by the penguins at a zoo... awesome. A Google Images search is a good place to begin...

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Blogger Lou said...

Here's a flyer I saw glued up in Chicago that seems vaguely relevant to your post. And the one about drugs later on. Kinda.

It's cool anyway, so here:

(I can't figure out how to do an actual link - my html isn't accepted)

Tue Oct 10, 01:46:00 AM  

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