Banksy - 1

Topics: Art, Banksy, Street art Pages: 2 (688 words) Published: December 1, 2012
Justin Timberlake claimed to be Banksy during the Academy Awards aka Oscars. “I am Banksy! You could be Banksy! That guy over there could be Banksy! Who the heck is Banksy? When thinking of graffiti do you think of it in the sense of real art? Do you see it making a statement? Do you see the artwork as a lasting piece of art like the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci or do you see it like a scribble on paper ready to be disposed of? Is it terrorism on walls worthy of the graffiti police and the grey paint they use to paint over any and all graffiti they find? What do you honestly think? Did you know that Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci was actually painted on the indoor wall of a dining hall? And the cave art from Chauvet in France that dates back to prehistoric times was the first actual graffiti that we know of? Both of those works are very relevant to our histories, priceless in all rights. Banksy, an anonymous graffiti artist, is testing the limits of what makes street art real art. Warhol, Pollock, and even Da Vinci were masters who have forged the way for any type of art to make a statement. Although frowned upon as graffiti, maybe its statements are not just meaningless scribbles on the sides of buildings and railroad cars anymore. Graffiti is the new medium and Banksy is making his very own political statements through it. He does this all while forging a new path through temporary public art and making it priceless. Banksy as we know him began his career sometime in the late 1980’s, of course we do know or are under the impression that he was born in 1974 making him a teenager then, but the validity of his true age is unknown. He was born near Bristol, England, maybe. He has traveled around the world leaving his mark in various places from Los Angeles to London. I’m sure someone in the world knows who this person is but for now they aren’t sharing. While graffiti is a temporary medium it can make a statement that forever burns an image in our heads....
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