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Banksy? 15 June 2009

Posted by Irish Street Art in Featured Street Artist, International Street Art.
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The video below gives us a glimpse into Banksy’s recent exhibition in Bristol. These days Banksy is controversial for more than just his awe inspiring work. When we approached one local for directions when touring through Southbank in search of a few Banksys a while back, we were asked “Why would you bother look now, isn’t Banksy just another sell-out?” A bit despondent by the reaction of the Londoner’s lack of enthusiasm for one of our heroes we wandered through a tunnel under the Queen Elizabeth Hall that once was home to a banksy piece. Frustratingly, the piece had since been painted over but we wouldn’t be let down by the rest of the street art on show. You couldn’t but marvel at the crazy collection of ideas, styles and themes from writers from all over the globe.

Many feel that Banksy no longer sits comfortably with his peers in the underground street art movement. Seeing his books being sold in high street chains can be a bit unsettling. Saying that, his growth in stature has brought the guerrilla art movement into the public spotlight and that can only be a good thing. One thing is for certain, Banksy isn’t the only artist in the world pushing boundaries at the moment.

For more streetart from Bristol, you have to check out the brilliant Bristol Street Art Project. For more on the Banksy debate Twitter Banksy Here.

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1. Jonze - 16 June 2009

Those animatronics are insane!

2. Kevin - 10 April 2010

Flew over to the exhibition, it was excellent, had to que for over 2 hours to get in to it, but well worth it.

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