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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old March 26th, 2005, 15:57 Thread Starter
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I've been following news about him for two years. An interesting character who tetters on the edge. He cannot be placed in the "outsider" bin because, when you really examine his work, this guy is skilled in painting and history.



This portrait was hung surreptitiously by Banksy at the Brooklyn Museum in March, 2005. (Courtesy of Wooster Collective).

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I have never heard of this artist, tell me more about him

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Need Talent to Exhibit in Museums? Not This Prankster

By RANDY KENNEDY

Published: March 24, 2005 New York Times

It was not nearly as dangerous as the time he sneaked into the elephant pen at the London Zoo and scrawled a graffiti message from the point of view of an elephant: "I want out. This place is too cold. Keeper smells. Boring, boring, boring."

And it was not quite as elaborate as the stunt last year in which he spirited a stuffed rat wearing wraparound sunglasses into the Natural History Museum in London and mounted it on a wall.

But over the last two weeks, a shadowy British graffiti artist who calls himself Banksy has carried his own humorous artworks into four New York institutions - the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum and the American Museum of Natural History - and attached them with some sort of adhesive to the walls, alongside other paintings and exhibits. Similar stunts at the Louvre and the Tate museum have earned the artist - who will not reveal his real name - a following in Europe, where he has had successful gallery shows and sold thousands of books of his artwork. But his graffiti has also landed him in legal trouble.

Elyse Topalian, a spokeswoman for the Met, said that museum officials believed that a painting found there - a small, gold-framed portrait of a woman wearing a gas mask - was hung surreptitiously on March 13. Guards noticed it and removed it from a wall near other paintings in the American wing, she said. Ms. Topalian added that no damage had been done to the wall or to other artworks.

The museum does not look kindly on such unauthorized additions to its walls. "I think it's fair to say that it would take more than a piece of Scotch tape to get a work of art into the Met," Ms. Topalian said.

Sally Williams, a spokeswoman for the Brooklyn Museum, said a painting - in this case, of a red-coated colonial-era military officer holding a spray-paint can, with antiwar graffiti in the background - was discovered and removed on March 16. The painting was hung between two others from the museum's permanent collection in the American Identities galleries on the fifth floor. She said that the painting was now sitting in the museum's conservation lab and that its fate was uncertain.

"I think the immediate issue was just to get it out of the gallery and tucked away somewhere where it couldn't be seen," she said.

An official at the Museum of Modern Art said that a painting of a can of cream-of-tomato soup was found hanging in a third-floor elevator lobby and taken down on March 17. A spokesman for the Museum of Natural History, where the graffiti artist apparently hung a glass-encased beetle (a real one) equipped with fighter jet wings, missiles and a satellite dish, confirmed the incident by e-mail but did not say when the work was found.

Asked whether the incidents raised security concerns for them, officials at the institutions said no, adding that they believed that they had sufficient numbers of guards and other monitoring systems.

Pictures of the illicit art installations, apparently taken by an accomplice of Banksy, were posted yesterday at woostercollective.com, a site that has become a repository of pictures of graffiti and other street and urban art. Some of the pictures show a bearded man in an overcoat and hat, looking a little like Inspector Jacques Clouseau, hanging his paintings in the museums.

Marc Schiller, a founder of the Web site, said the pictures were sent to him yesterday along with a statement from the artist that said: "This historic occasion has less to do with finally being embraced by the fine-art establishment and is more about the judicious use of a fake beard and some high-strength glue."

Mr. Schiller said the artist had returned to London and would not consent to a telephone interview. But in an e-mail exchange yesterday afternoon, conducted with Mr. Schiller's help, Banksy - who prefers to be called not an artist, but a "quality vandal" - said he decided to invade those four New York museums for a simple reason.

"I've wandered round a lot of art galleries thinking, 'I could have done that,' so it seemed only right that I should try," he wrote. "These galleries are just trophy cabinets for a handful of millionaires. The public never has any real say in what art they see."

He said he had entered all of the museums during normal visitors' hours. Asked how he was able to hang his works without being noticed by museum guards or security cameras, Banksy responded rather opaquely. "You just have to glue on a fake beard and move with the times," he said.

He added that he had thought about storming the Guggenheim, but was too intimidated. "I would have had to appear between two Picassos," he wrote. "And I'm not good enough to get away with that."

All images below courtesy of Wooster Collective.



Banksy carrying a wrapped painting, which he hung on a wall at the Brooklyn Museum. It was discovered and removed on March 16, 2005.








Banksy attaching a painting to the wall at the Brooklyn Museum.



A visitor, left, looking at the artwork at the Brooklyn Museum. The painting shows a framed portrait of a frock-coated military officer holding a spray paint can, with anti-war graffiti in the background.

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All images below courtesy of Wooster Collective.



Banksy hanging his own artwork on a wall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on March 13, 2005.



A portrait of a woman wearing a gas mask, hanging on a wall in the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.



An artwork on a wall at the American Museum of Natural History.



As of Easter weekend: Banksy is back in England.

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my kind of artist!

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LoL

To be honest, there's a lot of talk among us museum workers who believe that Banksy's acts should be embraced [but to those who sit on boards with their Roman statues, they just don't know how to approach such a character!] If you read the statement from the Brooklyn Museum, it seems that they too are fond of the "Military Man with Spray Can," so much so that they are "tucking it away" in a safe place.

After two years, I'm beginning to think that Banksy is not just one person, it may be the name of a group of artist

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thats cool

something really different, really refreshing. I kinda like this guy, group or whatever... :thmbup:

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he has created some really good stencil grafitti about London and some other cities













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Banksy's at it again. Week of May 16, 2005:


"The British Museum is home to the most treasured historical artefacts in the world.

Yesterday their newest aquisition was removed from it's walls. But, today the museum administrators have agreed to loan the piece (which has become known as 'The Peckham Rock') to the exhibition 'A few of our favourite fiends' which opens tomorrow at The Outside Institute.

It will be on the wall there until June 19th - When it will return to the British Museums permanent collection."

source: http://www.banksy.co.uk/

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Jeez, He rocks. If the museums embrace his act, great part of the fun will be lost. They should start a campaing against him and at sametime always left an empty spot just for him to put his pieces...

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Heh.

That guy is great.

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Cool a topic on Banksy - he is such a legend in London. I've been following stuff about him for ages but am yet to come across his street art

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banksy is simply brilliant, his art not too intricate, and not hard to do it seems, but his political messages and concepts are amazing,
did anyone go to the crude oils exhib in notting hill last month? was good, rats were scary!
and his stuff on the israeli apartheid wall, palestinians are suffering, and we doing jack, boycott israeli products!!

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Time to post up another Banksy


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Wow, i had never heard of him before, thanks for posting this, that stuff's great.
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indeed deathclaw. The guy is pretty creative.





Banksy London Phone Box

These pictures were sent to artofthestate on the day of its installation by an anonymous source. I went straight down there to see for myself but only found some sand and red paint running across the pavement. It seems the art critic department of Westminster City Council is just too efficient....



British Telecom released a surprisingly cheeky quote, almost claiming it as their own: "This is a stunning visual comment on BT's transformation from an old-fashioned telecommunications company into a modern communications services provider". They even mischievously claimed that they were considering putting it in the foyer of their headquarters.



They've already removed enough already so they've got plenty of opportunity to make their own one.


Westminster Council said "Although Westminster council is keen to encourage public art, we do try to be careful about where it is sited. We have suggested that Tate Modern look after his work until he can collect it"
So does this mean we get to see Kate Moss on roller skates at the Tate opening dishing out vol-au-vents?



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I first saw Banksy's graffiti in the UK around March 2003--just when the entire western world was a-buzzing with war chants. Shortly afterwards, the Guardian did an interview with him and revealed his identity.

Nowadays Banksy souvenirs are all over eBay although he really intended his followers to obtain the artwork free of charge. Just go to his website shop and download. Banksy even stated the following: "Everything in the shop is free, simply download the file and process the artwork as per the serving suggestion."

As a museum curator, I think this is the way contemporary art should be appreciated; and I look forward to meeting all the [future] Banksys among us.

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Banksy's latest



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There are some benefits to working in SoHo aside from dodging tourists. I just saw Banksy in action on Broadway & Howard St. I caught the tail end of the the piece going up just before it started to pour rain which was kind of fitting considering the subject matter.
- text and photographs by Michael Surtees



Final Banksy image, New York City, Spetember 2008

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i love Banksy's work a real artist
http://www.banksy.co.uk/menu.html

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