July 16, 2010

Guerilla vs Guetta

I finally got around to seeing Banksy’s Exit Through the Gift Shop at Brooklyn Heights Cinema today. Of course, I went into the theater expecting to enjoy the film and it fulfilled itself: the pseudo-doc was thoroughly entertaining indeed, in keeping with Banksy’s ever-contrarian perspective on contemporary art. My only criticism is that Guetta is a little too perfect a foil for Banksy and the plot, in turn, is a little too perfectly ironic.

Conversely, I just watched Sebastian Peiter’s Guerilla Art documentary, available in full on Babelgum, which forgoes the knowingness for the straight dope… including interviews with the late Rammellzee.

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His name was derived from RAM, plus M for magnitude, Sigma (Σ), the first summation operator, L for longitude, L for latitude, Z for z-bar, plus a couple more summation operators (Σ) for good luck.

–Daryoush Hah-Nahafi, Rammellzee Fashion, Viceland Today, July 7 2010

More obits at NYT / The Guardian, among other places.

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Also, a production worthy of Nowness:

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Related: Invader Walk

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May 20, 2010

Imagery

Like Images… but, you know, ending with “-ry” instead of “-s”

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  • Andrew Kuo’s “My Wheel of Worry, May 2010″ (Tiny Vices via TWBE)

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When we think of still lifes, we think of paintings that have a certain atmosphere or ambience. My still life paintings have none of those qualities, they just have pictures of certain things that are in a still life, like lemons and grapefruits and so forth. It’s not meant to have the usual still life meaning.

–Roy Lichtenstein.

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April 14, 2010

The Art of the Streets, Pt. II

“You’re talking to a madman… Art for me is everywhere.” –Thierry Guetta

Too much, too much—

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Full coverage & photos at Arrested Motion

Exit Through the Gift Shop premiere in L.A. I missed it in NYC… guess I’ll have to throw down $12.50 to see it at the Sunshine. (AM)

NYT’s review speculates about some kind of deeper meaning; NYMag’s interview with the Thierry Guetta aka Mr. Brainwash yields no answers whatsoever. UPDATE: Jon Reiss reviews Exit for HuffPo; GOOD has another bizarre interview with the filmmaker.

(Meta Alert) A sneak preview into the sequel, Exit Through the Garage Door. (SlamxHype)

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I Love Graffiti has a decent, if somewhat lengthy, interview with Os Gêmeos; worth checking out the photos for sure. (TBWE)

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OGs doin' work last summer...

Apparently, the Brazilian twins’ awesome mural at Houston and Bowery is no longer: Animal reports that Deitch Projects has buffed it to furnish a blank slate for Shepard Fairey.

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Os Gêmeos were also featured on an episode of W+K’s D.I.Y. America:

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UPDATE (4/15): Blek Le Rat studio teaser. (Wooster Collective)

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A nice interview with Serbian photographer Boogie. (True Slant)
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April 10, 2010

The Art of the Streets

A few days late on this one, but here’s a new trailer for Banksy’s Exit Through the Gift Shop.

The ever-quotable aspiring vandal / contrarian street artist / pop antihero also raps with the L.A. Weekly, dropping far too many pithy gems to quote here (Animal). Wooster Collective has gone so far as to set up a Facebook Fan page for the film.

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Plus: that dope shit from Krink (HB):

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Sail in Shanghai (NeochaEDGE / WC):
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And yet another fast fashion × Keith Haring collbaration (SlamxHype)

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March 9, 2010

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March 2, 2010

Banksy Beat

“Theoretically my graffiti actually increases the value of property rather than decreasing it.”

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Banksy’s been giving granting a lot of press lately, in his version of a PR campaign for his documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop, including two British magazine covers.

Proof that he did the Sunday Times Magazine cover:

Check out Time Out London‘s feature and interview.

Read the Sunday Times Magazine article here.

Larger cover images after the jump.

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January 31, 2010

Media

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January 28, 2010

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December 21, 2009

Banksy Seen on a Bank & eBay

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I couldn’t let that last unsightly post stay at the top of the blog for long; quite frankly, it’s an eyesore and I almost wish I hadn’t posted it at all.

Anyway, I thought I would remedy the situation with a quick post on some new murals by Banksy. (The work, not the artist, was spotted… sorry if I got your hopes up.)

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Source: Arrested Motion

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In other Banksy news, one of his infamous rat pieces is for sale on eBay (HB / Animal / eBay).

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