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Keisha Raines Article Fascinating!
New York Times

Colin Day’s fascinating documentary “Saving Banksy” rightly honors that renowned pseudonymous street artist whose work (often in public spaces, like a resort town) combines stenciled imagery with clever, cryptic phrases. But “Saving Banksy” has a larger goal: pointedly weighing graffiti’s populist ethos against art-world profiteering...

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Keisha Raines Article A street-art doc with a higher than usual interest in cultural ethics
Hollywood Reporter

In the publishing world, street art has proven to be profitable fodder: Artists create the colorful work for free, and since it's all illegal, can't take action when you go out with a camera and turn their labor into a book you then copyright. The movement, and in particular its anonymous standard-bearer Banksy, is proving equally useful to documentarians: Colin M. Day's new Saving Banksy...

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Keisha Raines Article Demonstrates, Almost all responses to Banksy art are wrong!
Village Voice

Arguably its greatest practitioner is the anonymous Banksy, whose elaborate, multilayered stenciling technique defines the form the way Andy Warhol's soup cans crystallized Popism in the early 1960s. His paintings appear in high-visibility public spaces around the world, sometimes with the consent...

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Keisha Raines Article Substantive, provocative, worthwhile!
Crave

A few days ago, the New York Times ran an article on the World Economic Forum, held every year in Davos, Switzerland for economic and political bigwigs from across the globe. It’s an elite, exclusive affair that attracts its share of celebrities to its 1% shoulder-rubbing. (Matt Damon is expected to attend this year. Shakira and Forest Whitaker will receive awards.)...

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Keisha Raines Article A lively street art documentary
SFGate

Early in the lively documentary “Saving Banksy,” we are shown a street-art image, stenciled on a high wall, of a boy with a paintbrush and pail. Scrawled beside it, in red, a simple legend reads, “This will look nice when it’s framed.”...

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Keisha Raines Article The ethos of street art and desire to preserve it
LA Times

The road to hell, the saying goes, is paved with the best of intentions, and that is very much the case with the complex art world conundrum explored in the lively, involving documentary “Saving Banksy.”...

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Keisha Raines Article Why Banksy Is Today's Warhol
High Snobiety

At this point it’s no secret that Bristol artist Banksy is an enigma. Not only is his identity unknown but his work has a mysterious quality to it, which goes hand in hand with the nature of graffiti and street art in general. What’s elevated the artist to greatness is his constant commentary on society in...

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Anca Darc Article Is Graffiti Art or Vandalism?
Phoenix New Times

Is graffiti art — or is it vandalism? And who owns street art after it's painted? They’re questions at the heart of a film called Saving Banksy, which opens at FilmBar on Friday, January 13. The 80-minute documentary, which director Colin Day started in 2014 and finished last year, is just now being released. It explores the practice of removing art painted for public viewing, then keeping or selling...

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Jerry Gadiano Article The Wake Up Call The Art World Needs
Moviepilot

Anyone who has ever dipped their toe in the diamond-encrusted lagoon of the art world will know that making it rain dollars is often a far greater priority than bathing us with an insight into the deep mystery that is the human condition.

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Jake Paine Article Fight to Keep Banksy's Work Alive and Free
Ambrosia For Heads

Guerilla street artist Banksy has become a popular culture phenomenon. His art is subversive, often socially and politically-motivated, and done without any intention of sale or personal profile...

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Evan Sernoffsky Article Quest to display S.F. Banksy tests value of street art
San Francisco Chronicle

Art restorers in Santa Barbara began work last week on an unusual canvas: 10 graffiti-covered redwood boards that were ripped from the side of a Victorian home on Haight Street...



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Deborah Vankin Article Banksy's Haight Street Rat scampers down to U.S. Bank Tower in L.A.
LA Times

Banksy’s famous beret-clad Haight Street Rat on the exterior of a San Francisco bed-and-breakfast was relocated Wednesday to the U.S. Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles, where it will be on view in the lobby for two months, building manager company Hines said...



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