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Postby elburro » 01 Sep 2010, 09:40

My favorite Banksy is 'Early Man Goes to Market'

Banksy hanged it on the wall of the British Museum right next to other art from that period where it stayed for 3 days without any officials noticing.

There was a sign right next to it that said: "early man venturing towards the out-of-town hunting grounds. This finely preserved example of primitive art dates from the Post-Catatonic era." With an explanatory note that said: "The artist responsible is known to have created a substantial body of work across South East of England under the moniker Banksymus Maximus but little else is known about him. Most art of this type has unfortunately not survived. The majority is destroyed by zealous municipal officials who fail to recognise the artistic merit and historical value of daubing on walls."

He also hung his own art in the Tate Britain in London in October 2003, which was not noticed until it fell to the ground, and has done the same in four New York galleries.

He ran a competition on his website for fans to have their photographs taken with the rock, offering a shopping trolley as a prize.

The British Museum praised the way his rock was hung and the style of the sign, which was "very similar" to their own design, and it later became a part of their permanent collection. It was later being exhibited at Banksy's own shows where it had a sign saying it was "on loan from the British Museum".
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Postby StuartCa » 01 Sep 2010, 09:46

It's good that some people have a sense of humour about his work.
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Postby Tempo Gain » 01 Sep 2010, 10:49

Saw about this one at the old packard plant in detroit a while back


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Postby greenmark » 01 Sep 2010, 14:25

I’m very happy with the idea that he is painting on public space or on private walls, mostly because he’s not defacing them but improving them.

The key theme of his work is anti-establishment. It works best when it is painted in a medium that is also anti-establishment – that is on public land. When he does not paint illegally, his work suffers for it. Most reviewers have been disappointed by his few gallery exhibitions and they recognise it has been because there is no associated adventure.

His work gives pleasure to a lot of people – in fact there are some pretty widespread campaigns to prevent his work from being painted over. Many feel that once he’s painted a wall then he has reappropriated the wall from private enclosure and given it to the public – his work then belongs to everyone. Of course, if the establishment stopped painting over his work then his work would not be as influential.

I don’t suppose you are aware of the rivalry that has been built up between him and King Robbo. Robbo is pretty much a pioneer and figurehead of tagging graffiti artist – ie just leaving your mark. Banksy recently painted over one of King Robbo’s graffitos that had been standing since the 1980s, which basically instigated furore in the graffiti community. The two of them are busy now painting over each other’s work.
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