Banksy exhibition feels like a cash grab

NOW Magazine - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

I’m dis­mayed that NOW Magazine would write about an unau­tho­rized exhibition of Banksy’s work (NOW On­line, May 7). The exhibition will make money for peo­ple who have pur­sued a com­mer­cial ven­ture with­out the artist’s con­sent. (And $35 a ticket is a fairly hefty price.)

It’s par­tic­u­larly galling since Banksy has amassed a fol­low­ing from cre­at­ing out­stand­ing art­work in what is es­sen­tially a tran­sient medium and re­lies on as­so­ci­ated means of rev­enue rather than ex­ploit­ing the orig­i­nal ge­nius street art. This exhibition seems like a to­tally op­por­tunis­tic cash grab. Bar­bara Mills

Toronto

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