“This is work that must be witnessed, lived with, taken to heart, and re-enacted in the name of ‘Freedom.”

 

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“We can’t do anything to change the world until capitalism crumbles. In the meantime we should all go shopping to console ourselves. ”

“Sometimes I feel so sick at the state of the world I can’t even finish my second apple pie”.

I feel like Banksy has been an idol not only for street artists, but for most young people who wanted to change something when I was a teenager. Despite his constantly being chased by the Police, who labeled his art as vandalism, he constantly proves there is always an opportunity to create art, as long as you have something to say to the world.

Anyway, the English- based artist actually has no need of presenting, so let me share my favorite works from Wall and Piece.

The book is devided into six parts, including the famous Rats, Monkeys Cops / my favorite ones /, Cows , Art and the so- called Street Furniture.

Some of the graffiti have lasted for a long time, others, like the installations in the Louvre in 2004 had unknown duration.
Others have been removed in minutes.
Who said authorities didn’t do their job?
Banksy himself says “Your mind is working at its best when you’re being paranoid.
You explore every avenue and possibility of your situation
at high speed with total clarity.”

Paranoid or not, Bansky is the symbol of a new era in modern art , yet again proving art unites people- even if it’s sometimes AGAINST something and serves a greater purpose than the early 19th century’s French “l’art pour l’art” / “art for art’s sake” .

 

Reviewed by:

DF

Added 9th April 2018