Metropolitan stencilsmith Banksy certainly doesn't lack predecessors
, possible auxiliary identities
, or rival "street artists." (or MeFi posts: 1
.) His biggest rival, a shoe repairman from the East End called ROBBO
, has gained an extensive support network, calling itself Team Robbo (music upon loading)
"Graffiti Wars [47:00],"
part of (UK)Channel 4's "Street Summer" series
, documents the rattle-can battle between Banksy and Robbo, as well as the debates among Councils and residents
over what to do with it all. Robbo's art career was taking off; he was commissioned to promote, and attended the Berlin Film Festival (in disguise),
displayed and sold his work at the revered Pure Evil Gallery
, all the while sparring with Banksy... [more inside]
posted by obscurator
on Sep 14, 2011 -
Voina are a group of revolutionary artists. The most controversial of all was Voina's final stunt before the arrests, which the artists called "Palace Revolution". Members overturned seven police cars, some of them with officers inside, at St Petersburg's Palace Square one night last September.
Obviously, a group called "war," is going to attract a certain amount of controversy
, but they're also going to attract some allies
Right now, they're just trying to dodge the fuzz. Who knows? Maybe they're just dicks
posted by snottydick
on Mar 29, 2011 -
Three years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the gulf, London street artist Banksy travels to New Orleans to put up some commemorative pieces, saying the city's levee wall offered "the best painting surface in the state of Louisiana." Some of the pieces are statements on the clean up effort, and some are protests against Fred Radtke, New Orleans' Grey Ghost, who has been described as a street artist
and an anti-street art crusader
Like him or hate him, expect more of the same from Bansky: propaganda, magical realism, cartoon rats, a lot of technical finesse and a complete lack of subtlety. See the pictures on his site
with irreverent/poignant commentary and then go to the flickr pool
to see it from a few local perspectives.
posted by elr
on Aug 31, 2008 -
Pinning down the elusive Banksy.
"The art world is the biggest joke going," he has said. "It’s a rest home for the overprivileged, the pretentious, and the weak." Yet the stencilist/graffiti writer's pieces regularly sell for hundreds of thousands of pounds at places like Sotheby's--not bad for a man who still remains cloaked in complete anonymity. The New Yorker
gets a rare e-mail interview. [Previously: 1
posted by dead_
on May 15, 2007 -
is giving away images of his work
under the following terms and conditions:
Everything in the shop is free. All the images can be downloaded to print or use as a desktop.
Prints look best when done on gloss paper using the company printer ink when everyone else is at lunch.
Please do not use this service to launch your own poster company or t-shirt line.
posted by donovan
on Jan 18, 2007 -
Street Artist Banksy "Shop Drops" 500 remixed copies of Paris Hilton's new album across the UK
Instead of Ms Hilton's own compositions, the replacement CD features 40 minutes of a basic rhythm track over which Banksy has dubbed Ms Hilton's catchphrase "That's hot!" and other extracts from her reality TV programme The Simple Life.
Inside the accompanying booklet, a picture of the heiress emerging from a luxury car has been retouched to include a group of homeless people.
In another shot, Ms Hilton's head has been superimposed on a shop window mannequin beneath a banner reading: "Thou Shalt Not Worship False Icons".
] Mp3 soon, no doubt.
posted by takeyourmedicine
on Sep 3, 2006 -