This writer dares you to see The Art of Banksy and not feel a need to ask Siri if it’s true that rats have sex fifty times a day…
Oh my, how quickly and thoroughly Banksy catapults us down the rabbit hole—or the rat hole, perhaps--- of his outlaw-with-a-message imagination.
Jesus on the cross is holding shopping bags…
The famed photo of napalmed Vietnamese girl on fire is flanked by Ronald McDonald and Mickey Mouse…
Winston Churchill sports a lime green mohawk hairdo…
Queen Victoria likes girls better than horses and Demi Moore goes ape…
It doesn’t take but an hour for the Banksy immersion to be complete. The more iconic an image, the more a target for Banksy’s satirical arrow. Though his works now sell for millions, this ever on the lamb graffiti artist especially has commercialism in his gunsights.
THE ART OF BANKSY Waxes Admiration for Banksy Thought
You may agree with this writer that it’s hard not to admire his prankster spirit and the coups he has managed to pull off. How perfect that he so thoroughly decorates an elephant—to the chagrin of animal protectors—to remind the jetsetter hoi polloi of the elephant in the room, viz. global poverty. How fun that he goes into the likes of the British Museum and replaces placards giving artifacts’ bona fides with his own lampooned message-- and that it takes many days before his ruse is discovered.
Throughout the exhibit, the Banksy art screen printer (and Banksy’s close buddy) shares the who-what-when-where- and why of various Banksy facts and factoids. This friend’s working class Bristol accent and manner goes a long way to giving us a feel of just who this Robin Hood in the shadows is. More, these commentaries help to convey the enormous effort that is the undergird of all things Banksy.
This reviewer guesses that whatever estimation of Banksy you bring to the show will show a significant gain by your tour’s end.
Through October 31, 2021
360 N. State St
For tickets and more information visit The Art of Banksy website.
Gallery images below by Kyle Flubacher courtesy of The Art of Banksy exhibit; top images by Soo Jong.
About the Author: Amy Munice
Amy Munice is Editor-in-Chief and Co-Publisher of Picture This Post. She covers books, dance, film, theater, music, museums and travel. Prior to founding Picture This Post, Amy was a freelance writer and global PR specialist for decades—writing and ghostwriting thousands of articles and promotional communications on a wide range of technical and not-so-technical topics.
Amy hopes the magazine’s click-a-picture-to-read-a-vivid-account format will nourish those ever hunting for under-discovered cultural treasures. She especially loves writing articles about travel finds, showcasing works by cultural warriors of a progressive bent, and shining a light on bold, creative strokes by fledgling artists in all genres.