It may be time for Banksy, the anonymous British graffiti artist, to consider television. A sitcom, perhaps, or a detective show, or maybe reality TV. His politically pointed satirical stencil works seem to be everywhere in Britain and the United States, after all, and things are always happening to them.
When they appear, their social message is quickly decoded and discussed, and if the authorities do not immediately paint over them, the works seem likely to disappear under mysterious circumstances, only to turn up at auctions (which may be challenged by the neighborhoods where Banksy created the works, or people who object on other grounds), or bought by celebrity art collectors. Justin Bieber could make a guest appearance as a Banksy wannabe.
In this week’s episode, a pair of Banksy pieces that turned up in Park City, Utah, during the Sundance Film Festival in 2010 – the year the festival screened “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” a documentary about the artist – were attacked by a vandal.
In one case, a stencil of a young boy kneeling in prayer, with a halo and angel’s wings added in pink, a clear protective covering was shattered and the image was painted over with brown spray paint. The second piece, which shows a cameraman filming a flower, escaped damage, but its protective cover was also broken.
A security camera outside the Java Cow Cafe and Bakery recorded a man trying to break the covering of the cameraman piece at about 2 a.m. on Tuesday, The Deseret News, a Salt Lake City newspaper, reported. The angel painting, on a wall near a parking garage on the same street, was not within range of a video camera.
“It is such a shame, heartbreaking even,” Robin Marrouche, executive director for the Kimball Art Center in Park City, told the Deseret News. “Banksy’s voice and importance in our culture today is significant, and the vandalism against his street art is just as upsetting as vandalism you read about against works by important artists of earlier times.”
This post was originally posted by The New York Times.
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Gabrielle Wooden is a writer currently residing in Southern California. Currently she is a blogger for the Venice Art Crawl and is working on her first novel entitled Blue Barcelona at UCLA’S Extension Writers Program.