Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Banksy in the Bronx

This topic begs the question: "What is art?"

Banksy is known for his street art or graffiti or _________? Why is his stuff so valued, so important, so famous? Is it in someway based on the mysterious nature of the artist himself/herself? How about the social commentaries that his art speaks to? Is it his unique painting style which I see as a photographer with his use of shadows and light?

Finally, why so much drama in NYC about his month long project here? Are all the other "artists" just jealous about his fame? Is NYC (especially da Bronx) insulted by his message which you can see for yourself in the photos above, that stereotype a neighborhood that is rapidly trying to improve its image?

As one of my Facebook friends said: "I don't get it."

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