9.12.13

Banksy ?


There is a discussion ongoing right now whether the famous street artist Banksy is the person who recently created this in a small alley, close to rue Mouffetard, Le Passage des Postes. It has been stated as fake, reconfirmed as a real one, reconfirmed as a fake…

Banksy, who remains more or less anonymous, with origins in Bristol U.K., has also published books, made films and is certainly the best known street artist today, active all over the world, more recently in New York. Some of his works are sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars, pounds or euros. Happenings around him include the sales in a pop-up boutique on the 5th Avenue in New York this year, when spray-art canvasses were put up for sale at 60$. Very few were sold, but are today estimated to more than 30.000 $.

It was indicated that a second pretended Banksy graffiti had appeared in Montmartre, rue Piémontési. I checked. If it was there, it’s already over-painted.
         
Here are some examples of Banksy’s artwork elsewhere.



His technique is of course very similar to the one often used by the French artist Jef Aerosol, active well before Bansky and whose works are largely present in Paris – and elsewhere – and on whom I have posted e.g. here and here.

12 comments:

Virginia said...
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Virginia said...

So I walked right by this a few weeks ago and missed it, right? Darn!
V

Peter Olson said...

I guess it was not yet there then. :-)

Alain said...

Passage des postes ! Tu vas vraiment trainer dans de drôles d'endroits !

Olivier said...

Grandiose , tu deviens un vrai dictionnaire de la Street Art. J'adore

Cergie said...

Je ne sais plus où j'ai lu que l'on commençait à dérober du stret art et à ce propos ce matin dans le journal "le Parisien" il est question de l'envahissement de la langue française par l'anglais. Bien entendu tu parles toi en anglais couramment sur ton blog, mais sinon il faudrait parler d'art de rue qui souvent s'exprime en anglais aussi même à Paris.

Adam said...

If it is a Banksy it's the worst thing he's ever done.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

It does look like Banksy.

I read the news article at the time about the Banksy paintings that barely sold for a pittance in N.Y. What an amazing ruse. It was not clear if the people who bought them even know that they have (if they did not seen the news about it).

Vagabonde said...

Ma foi, je trouves cela bien. I wish there were artists coming to the Atlanta streets to make them livelier and more interesting. Or other US towns for that matter. There are a few murals in the South but not too much “street art” – et puis à plus réfléchir, il n’y a pas tants d’artistes ici, ils partent pour des villes où ils sont plus respectés…

claude said...

J'aime assez la soubrette, moi.

hpy said...

Bof!

Jeanie said...

These are wonderful pieces of work -- I sure do wish I'd been in NYC a couple of months ago! That story was all over the news!