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Banksy Street Art: Only Advertising?

Some days ago, I asked what do you think “is the deeper meaning of Banksy’s Child Drawing Series? and got a nice answer by Ringo45…

Almost at the same time, the Globe And Mail newspaper from Toronto, which was one of Banksy’s traveling-stations, published an very interesting review of the Banksy street art by Toronto street artist Posterchild:

Q: As a street artist yourself, what are your feelings about Banksy being in Toronto?
A: I would like to have seen Banksy visit Toronto for its own merits and not simply coming to promote his film. Should we feel honored that he’s decided to paint our walls or should we feel outraged that he’s come here … for self-promotion, for advertising?
(Globe And Mail)

I have no stable opinion yet, but I think it’s too hard to say that everything Banksy will do in future is advertising for his film, because where is the boundary? I know a lot of artists, who were also very active on the streets before an upcoming exhibition… Is this really advertising or isn’t it just a part of artists everyday life? What do you think?

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  1. something like half / half i guess.

  2. Thanks for the mention, much appreciated.

    It is undeniable the Banksy’s paintings in these cities build up hype for his film. Whether this is disgraceful or not is anyone’s opinion, but I think that street art and graffiti were at least partially born out the writer’s desire to be known in some form.

    I live in Salt Lake City, and when Banksy came out here to paint some pieces before the Sundance film Festival, I know a lot of people were really appreciative of the chance to see his work, which is mostly found only in Europe or in his Los Angeles exhibits. An old theater is even planning to auction a door he painted to help keep the unique venue alive.

    I am not a Banksy super-fan or anything, and personally I don’t see his recent work as lesser because it coincides with his film. Many of the people who live here thought of it as a gift to those who enjoy his work. He doesn’t actually make much money from his art and I don’t think he will directly make much from this film, so I don’t see it as advertising for monetary purposes.

  3. After recently watching Banksy’s film I have to say that I agree with Ringo45 and others who say that Banksy’s work in Toronto, and other places, leading up to the release of his film shouldn’t be looked at as advertising in the normal sense.

    This is largely because the film has a distinct (largely anti-commercial) message that it is trying to send to the art world and to new artists.

    Consequently, I feel that Banksy’s work was more in support of the argument he was trying to share with this film, as opposed to the film in and of itself.

    At least that’s my 2 cents.

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