Graffiti are graffiti. Just because the chattering classes fawn over vandalism doesn’t alter the fact, nor does the quality of the defacement.
Street art is exactly that – art. Just because it’s out there for all to see doesn’t make it any less of a talented work of art than if it had been on a canvas.
Most people in the area of politics/society where I dwell would tend to the former. The arguments have much to them.
And yet there’s something refreshing, inspiring about Banksy’s work popping up here and there. He’s not nearly as untalented as made out and he’s a complete other thing to a Hirst monstrosity or a Henry Moore. He chooses his venues well, he doesn’t deface private property.
So what if he’s a bit of a prat – his work does give [free] pleasure to many thousands.
Afraid yours truly is with this commenter on this topic:
I recommend that those who think Banksy is nothing more than a graffiti spraying dropout with nothing better to do but ‘ruin’ walls, are just horribly uniformed and really ought to watch the documentary film “Exit Through The Gift Shop” to understand the preparation, thought, focus, time and attention to detail that Banksy himself puts into his art – it is truly remarkable. Without doubt he is a talent.
To me, it’s not unlike Python, Spitting Image. Private Eye and HIGNFY – yes it’s left but it’s so necessary in society to counterbalance centricity, good though centricity is for general living. Without these things, we’d be the poorer in spirit.
And this country does do it well.