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Banksy’s Publicist Confirms His New Work In LA


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Charlie in West Hollywood

33 Responses to “Banksy’s Publicist Confirms His New Work In LA”

  1. IOv3 says:

    They are so a collective it’s not even funny.

  2. cadavra says:

    Wow. The guy paints Charlie Brown on a wall and he’s a genius. I did that when I was five and got a spanking.

  3. Joe says:

    cadavra, you got a spanking because you are retarded. Banksy is who he is because he is not.

  4. movielocke says:

    the machine gun one’s been popping up all around since December at least, on La Brea somewhere I remember seeing it.

  5. LexG says:

    I don’t get this Banksy thing at all, plus that name is embarrassing.

  6. anghus says:

    there are people who still say “it’s just a fucking can of soup”.

    not everyone will get it, which is what makes it so much more for those who do.

    plus, on a positive side, maybe he’s helping raise property values.

    “as you see on the front corner of the house… a banksy”

  7. Krillian says:

    I’d like to see Exit Through the Gift Shop so I can see why this guy matters. So far to me he’s that one guy who did that one opening-credits sequence of The Simpsons.

  8. Keil Shults says:

    Krillian – I was in a similar boat before seeing ETtGS. I had heard his name bandied about a few times, but it meant nothing to me. Although my wife is a wonderful artist, she does custom stuff for people in Texas, so we’re not exactly plugged into the artistic community (thankfully). So I hadn’t heard the name Banksy in awhile until the doc started getting notice. I heard it again later in relation to the Simpsons episode, and finally got around to seeing Exit. It’s an excellent film, any way you slice it. It also made me more curious about the man and the movement he’s a part of, although I could never see myself immersing myself in the art world, largely because of its problems that are exposed brilliantly in Exit.

  9. chris says:

    “I’d like to see”… Well, it certainly wouldn’t be difficult for you to make that happen.

  10. hcat says:

    Isn’t the Banksy myth sort of diminished knowing they have a publicist?

  11. IOv3 says:

    Hcat… FUCKING WORD! Seriously, if you have to have a publicist telling people what stuff is your’s. You can pretty much kiss your street cred good bye.

  12. David Poland says:

    While I completely get what hcat is saying, the mythology was and will be based on the work, whether Cad’s view of it or Christie’s.

    Of course, I guess that is a big part of what Gift Shop is about, no?

  13. RyaN says:

    Banksy is a genius.

  14. Matt B. says:

    Banksy’s a master at juxtaposition. “Street cred” aside, I just think he’s a great artist. The streets are simply his canvas. All greatly admired rising artists will lose their “street cred” but the geniuses will always pump out great work even when that happens.

  15. Krillian says:

    I have it in my Blockbuster queue but it currently says “Unavailable.”

  16. hcat says:

    instant streaming on netflix Krillian, you backed the wrong horse.

  17. cadavra says:

    I’m retarded for pointing out the Emperor has no clothes? Nice.

  18. Pix says:

    Wow, some choice comments on here. +1 for “Banksy is genius”

    And yes, you’re retarted cadavra.

  19. RedTeaBurn says:

    Genius? Only in the minds of the psuedo intellectual hipsters.

  20. RedTeaBurn says:

    Genius? Only in the minds of pseudo intellectual hipsters.

  21. Matt B. says:

    Not ONLY pseudo intellectual hipsters, RTB. Remember, this guy’s also nominated for an Oscar in the documentary category, and the academy is notoriously UNhip.

    As far as “pseudo intellectuals” — sounds like a cheap jab to me. It amazes me how many are so quick to point out what is ‘not art’ as if that’s some kind of validation of their own intellectual superiority. I hate to burst their bubble, but that’s not working. (If there’s anyone wearing the emperor’s new clothes, it’s these guys.) If its the hyperbole that gets to them, so be it. But whether they like it or not, Banksy is now enjoying the kind of success that, say for example, Picasso had who, ‘surprise’ ‘surprise’, was subject to his own set of non-believers. Time will tell I guess.

    “Art is a lie that brings us nearer to the truth.”

  22. Tina J says:

    You can watch Exit Through the Gift Shop for free on Hulu.com

    http://www.hulu.com/watch/206459/exit-through-the-gift-shop

  23. Banksy's Publicist says:

    Banksy makes fun of the fact that he has a publicist. He laughs at his supposed genius, that’s what makes him a genius. He’s the King Jester of pop culture.

  24. Supworth says:

    Hoping everyone else who commented on this saw it through FB and doesn’t actually hang out and post on art forums for fun. Fuckin’ noobs.

  25. Amanda says:

    Pseudo intellectual hipsters? Careful sweetie your inferiority complex is showing.

  26. scottie says:

    you know..people have a problem reading waaaaay too much into things. Look at it this way….his stuff is amusing. Its funny….he’s bringing humor to otherwise dull and boring places. Its stencil, guerilla throw ups. That’s it.I think what makes it is his sense of humor. Lighten up, its just art. He’s taking the piss and getting away with it. The more upset you get about it, the more he gets away with it. Its all very punk rock. Its something simple that’s been made far too complex by people trying to over analyze it instead of just taking it for what it is. Humor. I say more power to him. Did they confirm whether that billboard was his or not? It doesn’t look like his work at all.

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  28. Robert says:

    You guys that don’t get it are the same people that complain about corruption and injustice behind closed doors. It hurts to see someone actually make a stand against injustice and hypocrisy.

  29. Careful sweetie your inferiority complex is showing. i agree what above commentor said

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  31. tommy shay says:

    banksy is one of the best artists of our time. it seems that some of you aren’t open to it, or haven’t donated a chunk of your time and attention to seeing it for what it is, hilarious…but that doesn’t mean his work is not awesome. it just means that people who judge fast miss the feast.

  32. tommy shay says:

    to what Matt B said in Frebruary….right on man. couldn’t have said it better.

    talking about making fun of his own fame, that reminds me of the one where he stenciled 3 or 4 very well people dressed staring artfully at a wall that just said “banksy” in a child’s handwriting.

  33. Lauren Kay says:

    Not everyone will understand Banksy, the controversy on his work I’m sure he would love…he wants you to question everything. He’s brilliant.

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