Sep 27th 2006 7:37AM I have some tips for new pieces as well:
1. Banksy tattoos prisoners on death-row with political statements admonishing the legal system.
2. Banksy visits a poor third world country and sets up an art factory using the poor as labour to produce his artworks which in turn critique labour exploitation. He then claims (probably through a curator or critic) that he is being "ironic" about the capitalist society we live in. Then we can all feel comfortable about his motives.
3. Banksy produces works of art that are on the surface critical of a system but are essentially simplistic, because they use the existing visual vocabularies of advertising and design they are "popular" So when a "film star" buys his work this cycle reaches it's natural conclusion. Warhol pretty much covered all of these routes off 50 years ago... yawn
Sep 27th 2006 7:31AM >> Bansky is actually being very tongue in cheek with that piece.
Please! The "Ironic Artist" argument rears it's head again. This is just a loophole so you can avoid some healthy criticism.
>> His work makes a statement on multiple levels.
How many levels do you need to explain banksy? One - His work is popular because it essentially uses the style and vocabulary of advertising.
Two - It's nice to see that Banksy has sold out - historically this means the fashion for this drivel is on it's way out :)