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  • Empires - The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance
    Empires - The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance
    A fascinating and highly entertaining look at one of the most important families of the Renaissance era--the Medici.
  • Sister Wendy - The Complete Collection (Story of Painting / Grand Tour / Odyssey / Pains of Glass)
    Sister Wendy - The Complete Collection (Story of Painting / Grand Tour / Odyssey / Pains of Glass)

    “Sister Wendy Beckett has transformed public appreciation of art through her astonishing knowledge, insight and passion for painting and painters.” This set includes Sister Wendy's Story of Painting, Sister Wendy's Odyssey, and Sister Wendy's Grand Tour. Simultaneously delightful and scholarly--this is a must have for anyone interested in art history.

  • Exit Through the Gift Shop
    Exit Through the Gift Shop
    When British stencil artist Banksy traveled to Los Angeles to work, he came across obscure French filmmaker Thierry Guetta and his badly organized collection of videotapes involving the activities of graffiti artists. Inspired, Banksy assembled them with new footage to create this talked-about documentary, and the result is a mind-boggling and odd film (so strange as to be thought a hoax by some) about outsider artists and the definition of art itself.
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    A dramatization of the Impressionist movement as seen through the eyes of Claude Monet. Highly entertaining and informative.
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    A very personal and revealing look at the personalities that created Impressionism.

Entries in Banksy (4)

Wednesday
Nov152017

Quote of the Day

“The holy grail is to spend less time making the picture than it takes people to look at it.” - Banksy

Thursday
May172012

Banksy Diamond Jubilee Graffiti Springs Up Overnight on London Street 

The new artwork, purported to be a Banksy, on Wood Green High Road, London Photo: Luke Giles (click photo for larger image)"A new piece of street art purporting to be from graffiti artist Banksy has appeared on a London street in what could be a dark commentary on the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations."

Read the entire story here....

Thursday
May172012

Attribution - An Ongoing Challenge

Banksy art in Brick Lane, East End, 2004“Attribution” refers to the assignment of a work of art to a particular artist and/or period. The process of attribution presents numerous challenges. Many of the great masters didn’t sign their works. In such cases, art historians rely on documents such as contracts or correspondence to confirm authorship. When no written support exists, a work may be attributed to an artist based on stylistic similarities with other works. But such methods are not always reliable--particularly when considering that many talented imitators and--worst case--forgerers have been active, throughout time. The development of more sophisticated technologies has helped art historian to more accurately attribute and date works of art. However, the problem of attribution continues to exist--and has now even found its way to street art--which is often unsigned, due to its illegality. One of the most famous street artists works under the pseudonym of Bansky. Based in England--Bansky’s work is known worldwide for its satire, dark humor, political bite and distinctive syle. But now Bansky’s murals are turning out out “to be an attribution mindfield.” Read a fascinating article by Anny Shaw to find out why.

Tuesday
Mar272012

Seventeen Works By Banksy to Sell in Urban Art Sale At Bonhams

Bonhams auction house employees pose for photographers with a work by British artist known as Banksy, entitled 'Kate Moss', during a press preview in London, Friday, March, 23, 2012. The Andy Warhol inspired 'Kate Moss' is expected to sell for between GBP 30,000 to 50,000 (US$ 48,000 to 79,000). AP Photo/Alastair Grant.Banksy is a pseudonym used by a British underground street artist, filmmaker and political activist. He uses a stenciling technique to produce works that are satirical and embody a dark humour.

From ArtDaily.org:

LONDON.- Seventeen art works by the celebrated graffiti artist, Banksy, will be available to photograph at Bonhams, New Bond Street, ahead of the Urban Art Sale, which takes place on 29 March 2012. One of the highlights is a screen print of British supermodel Kate Moss, 2005, inspired by Andy Warhol’s iconic Marilyn Monroe series, which has been estimated at £30,000 – 50,000. It will be on display alongside Warhol’s screenprint of a Dollar Sign (estimate £20,000 – 30,000), which is part of the Contemporary Two: Modern Design sale, also on 29 March 2012.

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For a fascinating look at Banksy and his work, I highly recommend taking a look at his 2010 documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop.