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Exit Through The Comment Section: A Banksy Post

Last weekend, I saw the film Exit Through the Gift Shop, a cinematic sleight of hand that at first seems to be about the saucy, enigmatic street artist Banksy before it substitutes him for the character Thierry Guetta (aka Mr. Brainwash). The movie’s gracious winking and good humor seems to belie its sarcastic faux-documentary style that skewers the art world in a very youthful, teen-friendly, urban Rufio meets a can of spraypaint sort of fashion.

One of my favorite Banksy pieces, because of its humor, social commentary, and brilliant use of existing space.

Based out of Bristol and coming of age in the burgeoning Bristol, England street art scene, Banksy has been giving an artistic middle finger to everybody since at least the late 80s. He recently went as far as to paint over the longest-lasting piece of graffiti in England.

This Robbo, Inc. piece was the longest-lasting work of street in England until Banksy reworked it.

If you’re interested in more of Banksy’s work, you can go to his site (linked above) or check out the Flickr Banksy pool. For a link to the most up-and-coming street art worldwide, check out the Wooster Collective site.

And since this is a library, you can of course check out these very cool books:

The Street Art Book : 60 Artists in Their Own Words
byBlackshaw, Ric and Liz Farrelly

This street art anthology explores the reasons why style-writing, or graffiti, is turning out to be a major art movement. This collection offers 50 complete biographies of top street artists along with examples of each artist’s work.

From Style Writing to Art : A Street Art Anthology
by Danysz, Magda

This street art anthology explores the reasons why style-writing, or graffiti, is turning out to be a major art movement. This collection offers 50 complete biographies of top street artists along with examples of each artist’s work.

Graffiti Women : Street Art from Five Continents
by Ganz, Nicholas

This volume surveys the work of female graffiti and street artists, with approximately 1,000 color illustrations making up the bulk of the book. Often ignored, these women have had to fight against the idea that graffiti is a male realm. Ganz briefly discusses the trend in all parts of the world, and shows the work of many artists around the globe, with some background on them accompanying photos of tags, characters, and other art. No index is present. Ganz is a street and fine artist based in Germany. He is the author of Graffiti World.

Street Scene : How to Draw Graffiti-Style
by Lee, John

The first step-by-step instruction book on how to create grafitti-style art. More than 25 simple step-by-step demonstrations*Covers a range characters such as skaters, hip hop artists, punk rockers and other tattooed types and shows how to put all them into cool, colorful backgrounds. Readers will learn to create their own finished graffiti-style artwork beginning with traditional mannequin outlines and shapes and building up to completed, colorful scenes. The step-by-step instruction makes it possible to learn to draw and color everything from faces, figures and clothes to abstract and wild backgrounds.

Street Art : The Graffiti Revolution
by Lewisohn, Cedar

Over the last decade, street art—art made in public spaces including graffiti, stickers, stencil art, and wheat-pasting— has become one of the most popular and hotly discussed areas of art practice on the contemporary scene. Developing out of the graffiti-writing tradition of the 1980s through the work of artists such as Banksy and Futura 2000, it has long since reached the mainstream. Street Art is the first measured, critical account of the development of this global phenomenon. Tracing street art’s origins in cave painting through the Paris walls photographed by Brassai in the ’20s through the witty, sophisticated imagery found on city streets today, the book also features new and exclusive interviews with key figures associated with street art of the last 35 years, including Lady Pink, Barry McGee, Shepard Fairy, Futura 2000, Malcolm McLaren, Miss Van, and Os Gemeos. Street Art reveals the extent to which the walls and streets of cities around the world have become the birthplace of some of the most dynamic and inspirational art being made today.

~Joseph
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main

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