Wall and Piece Banksy Britain s now legendary guerilla street artist has painted the walls streets and bridges of towns and cities throughout the world Not only did he smuggle his pieces into four of New York Ci

  • Title: Wall and Piece
  • Author: Banksy
  • ISBN: 9781844137879
  • Page: 212
  • Format: Paperback
  • Banksy, Britain s now legendary guerilla street artist, has painted the walls, streets, and bridges of towns and cities throughout the world Not only did he smuggle his pieces into four of New York City s major art museums, he s also hung his work at London s Tate Gallery and adorned Israel s West Bank barrier with satirical images Banksy s identity remains unknown,Banksy, Britain s now legendary guerilla street artist, has painted the walls, streets, and bridges of towns and cities throughout the world Not only did he smuggle his pieces into four of New York City s major art museums, he s also hung his work at London s Tate Gallery and adorned Israel s West Bank barrier with satirical images Banksy s identity remains unknown, but his work is unmistakable with prints selling for as much as 45,000.

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    About "Banksy"

    1. Banksy

      Banksy is a pseudonymous England based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter.His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine irreverent dark humour with graffiti done in a distinctive stencilling technique Such artistic works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world.Banksy s work was born out of the Bristol underground scene which involved collaborations between artists and musicians According to author and graphic designer Tristan Manco and the book Home Sweet Home, Banksy was born in 1974 and raised in Bristol, England The son of a photocopier technician, he trained as a butcher but became involved in graffiti during the great Bristol aerosol boom of the late 1980s Observers have noted that his style is similar to Blek le Rat, who began to work with stencils in 1981 in Paris and members of the anarcho punk band Crass, which maintained a graffiti stencil campaign on the London Tube System in the late 1970s and early 1980s and is active today However Banksy himself stated on his website that in all actuality he based his work on that of 3D from Massive Attack, stating, No, I copied 3D from Massive Attack He can actually draw Known for his contempt for the government in labeling graffiti as vandalism, Banksy displays his art on public surfaces such as walls and even going as far as to build physical prop pieces Banksy does not sell photos of street graffiti directly himself however, art auctioneers have been known to attempt to sell his street art on location and leave the problem of its removal in the hands of the winning bidder Banksy s first film, Exit Through the Gift Shop, billed as the world s first street art disaster movie, made its debut at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival The film was released in the UK on 5 March 2010 In January 2011, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary for the film.

    315 thoughts on “Wall and Piece”

    1. Everyone in Britain knows Banksy, but I'm often surprised to find that my US friends haven't heard of him. He's one of the funniest artists around, and has taken graffiti to a completely new level. The paintings and installations just turn up, in the most unlikely places. Here's one of my favorites, which was discovered one morning on the wall of a family planning clinic in Bristol. (Note the thematically appropriate content). The local authorities were going to remove it, but the doctors asked [...]

    2. After seeing this next post on Tumblr, I simply had to add this book to my TBR.“A wall has always been the best place to publish your work.”I was looking for something to lift my spirits a bit, and thank the stars for sending this piece of art in my direction. Wall and Piece is guaranteed to brighten even your bleakest day.Banksy, Britain's now-legendary "guerilla" street artist, has painted the walls, streets, and bridges of towns and cities throughout the world.Wall and Piece sets the mood [...]

    3. Disclaimer: Haters are not cool. I'm not 'hating' Banksy because it's the hipster thing to do (go grab an art school undergrad, you'll see what I mean). One problem with reviewing solo-artist art book is that you can't avoid talking about the actual artist, so here it is. I can't even be bothered to write about graphics. I mean, surely you're only considering buying this book because of the guy not the pretty layout right? ------------------------------------------------------------------------- [...]

    4. In 2003, Banksy donated one of his artworks to the Tate Gallery in London. The thing is, the Tate Gallery hadn't actually asked for anything of his. He just walked in (or had a friend walk in, or had a member of the collective walk in--Banksy's true identity is uncertain) and stuck it to the wall. This is just the kind of appalling disrespect that I think the world needs more of.Over the next couple of years, he made similar donations to the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, th [...]

    5. “Imagine a city where graffiti wasn't illegal, a city where everybody could draw whatever they liked. Where every street was awash with a million colours and little phrases. Where standing at a bus stop was never boring. A city that felt like a party where everyone was invited, not just the estate agents and barons of big business. Imagine a city like that and stop leaning against the wall - it's wet.”

    6. شاید خود بنکسی بهتر از همه گفته باشه: یه عده می‌خوان پلیس بشن که دنیا رو بهتر کنن؛ یه عده هم می‌خوان وندال باشن که ظاهر دنیا رو بهتر کنن. گرفیتی‌های بنکسی پر از ایده‌های دوست‌داشتنی و انسانیه. مخصوصا مجموعه‌ی فلسطینش و همین‌طور مجموعه‌ی میمون و موزها. بد نیست نگاهی بندازید [...]

    7. (my copy has the "now with 10% more crap" red sticker in the lower right corner)This book holds examples of graffiti/stencil artist Banksy, from 2001 to 2006, which aren't always on walls, and not always just with paint :) Sometimes it's just his name. Often the photographs have information with it: time, place, how long did it take to do it, how long it lasted - at least once in the last one the art was saved into a collection!Surfaces: walls, animals, on grass and beach sand, vehicles of road [...]

    8. Thought provoking and powerful - a tour de force of the absurdity that has become institutionalized in our modern world.

    9. Like many people, I just find the story of Banksy -- a sort of artist Robin Hood -- incredibly compelling. In my head this most elusive of graffiti artists looks like Sean Bean and drives a Lotus Elan or something like that. This book spares the words and lavishes the photographs, letting Banksy's political statements, hastily and secretly sprayed onto walls, speak for themselves. If Banksy was just an anarchist, rustling with discontent, this book, and his art, would be unimpressive. But Banksy [...]

    10. Added later: I found it quite moving, his description of being drawn to graffiti the outside of the walls imprisoning the Palestinians and being told off in no uncertain terms by the inhabitants. To beautify the walls is to insult them. Of course. Obvious when you think of it.----------------------------------------I'm loving this, of course. And it's not that I disagree, exactly, with his messages, but a dominant one is this idea that The people who truly deface our neighbourhoods are the compa [...]

    11. There are two kinds of people in this world: those who know the work of Banksy, and those who should. I recommend this book to both.I think this quote from the back cover says a lot about Banksy:  "There's no way you're going to get a quote   from us on your book cover"   Metropolitan Police spokesperson________________ This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

    12. This book is a collection of Graffitis that “Banksy” - one of the world’s most famous street artists - has painted on walls, streets, bridges and many other open places throughout the world. Quite amazing and artistic. (To know what graffiti is, the following lines give the best explanation of it as a piece of art):“Graffiti is not the lowest from of art. Despite having to creep about at night and lie to your mum it’s actually the most honest artform available. There is no elitism or h [...]

    13. I noticed this yesterday in the window of a bookshop on the Route de Carouge. The translator has found quite a clever way of rendering the title: War and Peace in French is Guerre et paix, and "paix" sounds similar to "spray". The odd thing is that he's done it by moving the pun from "War" to "Peace"!

    14. I read this book after watching the video "Make the wall" that I had already found excellent.It's amazing.I don't like artists who are content with a work of form, aesthetics. For me the art must also be social, I like the sentence of René Char "what comes to the world so as not to disturb anything deserves neither respect nor patience".Frankly contemporary art, for what I know, deserves neither nor according to the criterion given above.Banksy is clearly an exception.It's disturbing, both in [...]

    15. Provocative and clever, but I would argue ultimately vapid. Something like an underground cultural icon for urban youth today. I only see three basic techniques or themes in his methods:Irony. Soldiers painting peace signs, zoo monkeys holding homeless signs, traffic signs warning of more (or less) serious things. They're all clever enough, but ultimately just artifacts of a stagnant, consumerist generation that's well aware of its stagnation and consumerism. Like television commercials that pok [...]

    16. I love Banksy's artwork, and this was collection displays it very well. He's a brilliant man with a paint can, and a clever writer as well. I would recommend this book to anyone not familiar with his work. A few quotes of his I enjoyed were:Some people represent authority without ever possessing any of their own.The greatest crimes in the world are not committed by people breaking the rules but by people following the rules--it's people who follow orders that drop bombs and massacre villages.A r [...]

    17. Edit More revelations and clues about the potential identity of Banksy (sources included in my review)~ The great Banksy, The anonymous Daft Punk Djs and "Bambi", the Banksy-like female Street artist worthy of his legacy because Brad Pitt thinks so ~ During my studies at law school, I came across this poetic expression in a boring document about the administrative decentralization in the EU: "The world is like your home, except that it has few more walls" To me, the essence of Banksy's art incar [...]

    18. There are many great stencilists in this world (Orion and Fairey come to mind), but Banksy is up there with the best of them. Some people enjoy hating on him because he makes loads of money out of stencilling these days and his messages are sometimes vaguely anti-establishment. I remember Charlie Brooker once dedicating a whole article to how much he thinks Banksy blows nuts and it's the only time I've found myself disagreeing with my personal Jesus. This is because if we focus on the artistry r [...]

    19. “Nobody ever listened to me until they didn’t know who I was.”When I lived in LA a few years ago, I went to a downtown warehouse after receiving a text message with the address. Banksy was in town, and in true clandestine fashion, the location of his show was a secret until just hours before it opened. I was impressed. I had never heard of Banksy, but his highly successful, clandestine, guerilla marketing intrigued me. I did a Google search on him and was even more impressed with the image [...]

    20. Banksy is clever without being deep, adventurous without being ground-breaking, and quite possibly the best known visual artist active in the world without being extremely talented. He's against the global soulless corporate machine, but his art is by nature a quick hit, the artistic equivalent of a Big Mac. It's incredibly refreshing and accessible and it's art that actually means something. In a wander through a museum like the MoMA or the Tate Modern, you see some interesting designs, the occ [...]

    21. Banksy is the most original artist (or potentially "artists") living today. Screw Matthew Barney's "Cremaster" series and all the Rothko and Rauschenberg nonsense some of the more effete curators shove down your throats. This is art at its most emotional and provocative, and it's in book form (which I assume pisses him off to no end).Anti-establishment, anti-consumer, anti-intelligencia, and pretty much any other "anti-fill-in-the-blank" you can throw at him, his works are unfathomably creative, [...]

    22. An art book that probably hates that it's an art book. Of note:"There's no way you're going to get a quote from us to use on your book cover" --Metropolitan Police spokesperson, quoted on back cover"Copyright is for losers" --copyright page"Despite what they say graffiti is not the lowest form of art. Although you might have to creep about at night and lie to your mum it's actually one of the more honest art forms available. There is no elitism or hype, it exhibits on the best walls a town has t [...]

    23. British graffiti, guerilla installation, etc. artist's book of documented works and quotes. It's great fun for anyone with a bit of an anarchist bent to their personality. Even if, for some reason, you strongly disapprove of graffiti, you gotta admit Banksy's stuff is pretty cool (I think you do anyway, but who am I to tell you what to think). He may be too well known and hip for his political message to be heard now, unfortunately I'm not sure, but it's my sense that to a lot of folks once it's [...]

    24. This is an art book, but here some of my favorite quotes:"Despite what they say graffitti is not the lowest form of art's actually one of the more honest forms available.A wall has always been the best place to publish your work.A lot of people never use their initiative because no-one told them to.Why would someone just paint pictures of a revolutionary when you can actually behave like one instead?Sometimes I feel so sick at the state of the world I can't even finish my second apple pie.People [...]

    25. This was a coffee table-esque book. It was primarily pictures of Banksy's pieces. Some I had seen before, some I hadn't.Still, I love the work Banksy does and thoroughly enjoyed this book. I ended up reading it while sitting next to my Mom and she kept looking over my shoulder when I'd laugh or shake my head. It's one thing to show someone an image you like online it's another thing to show them a picture in a book and have them want to read it after you're done.Update: Mom read and loved it =P

    26. I'm not always on board with Banksy's peaceful anarchy philosophy. I was a bit horrified to find he defaced actual paintings in museums. Still, I find most of his work brilliant and provocative, and I love his sense of humor and whimsy as he artfully conveys his messages. I thoroughly enjoyed this volume of his work along with his commentary.

    27. I really like Banksy's art and even though the "hype" is over he still plays an important role in street art and shows in great ways what's wrong with this society - which ironically loves him for this.

    28. The first time I heard of Banksy was on this website. I gathered from the summary and people's reviews that, more or less, HE was worth the read, if not the book itself. I love art, it's my vessel to any interpretation I choose to have, and if you truly love art, there are no lines that a person can't cross. There are no lines that an artist can't draw, no limits. I firmly believe artists also think differently than normal people. More often, it is the artist who is the introvert or extreme extr [...]

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