Banksy is the “The Girl From Ipanema” of street art–on the surface, he feels like street art for people who don’t like street art. He’s revered by the public and art world, which seems wrong for an art that exists outside the mainstream. That’s not a problem, because his work is so good. Sure, sometimes it’s little more than a one-liner, but the one-liners keep coming and they cut to the core. His opening for the Simpsons this past weekend was no exception. Beautiful and incisive, it’s funny and pokes pointedly at the shady and abhorrent practices that underpin so much of Western life. There’s very little information available about how the whole thing came about, other than that Banksy likely storyboarded and directed the sequence.
A few supplemental links:
- Banksy’s website
- Exit through the Gift Shop, a documentary about Banksy
- A New Yorker profile of Banksy
- One of many articles in which city officials apologize for covering up a Banksy piece during an anti-graffiti campaign
- Video of Banksy placing his work in well-known museums
- A flickr pool of Banksy works (really good and broad archive of images here)