STREET ART BE­COMES HIGH­BROW THANKS TO BANKSY

Plaza Magazine US & International - - TAILORING -

The movie Exit through the gift shop, made by the renowned street artist Banksy, first went up at the ac­claimed Sun­dance film fes­ti­val. The film was later to be Os­car nom­i­nated. Although it's not been con­firmed whether the film is a doc­u­men­tary or fic­tion, the anony­mous artist in­sists it's a true story. The film fo­cuses on the mys­tery sur­round­ing Banksy, the con­fu­sion around his iden­tity and his habit of work­ing in se­crecy dur­ing the night in public loca- tions. Banksy's work now sells for stag­ger­ing amounts with the latest piece fetch­ing a record high 675 000 pounds. The film's pro­tag­o­nist is a French im­mi­grant in Los An­ge­les who de­vel­ops a deep ob­ses­sion with street art and even­tu­ally starts to work for Banksy. In­creas­ing the value of the build­ings on which they have been painted, Banky's art­work of­ten crit­i­cises so­ci­ety. Much of his work has been dis­mounted in or­der to be sold or pre­served. The enor­mous suc­cess of Exit through the gift shop sur­prised few and the hys­te­ria sur­round­ing any­thing Banksy is show­ing no signs of slow­ing down.

Ai Wei­wei at Ma­gasin 3 in Stock­holm. Exit through the gift shop.

Ma­rina Abramovic: The artist is present at Moma in New York.

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