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bansky and anticonsumerism


Bansky is perhaps the most famous, or infamous, artist alive. To some a genius, to others a vandal. Always controversial, he inspires admiration and provokes outrage in equal measure. Since Banksy made his name with his trademark stencil-style ‘guerrilla’ art in public spaces – on walls in London, his works have sold for hundreds of thousands of pounds. Look at the following video in which Bansky is seen, his back to the camera, spray painting a message on a blank billboard in London.  The message says "The Joy of Not Being Sold Anything", how would you paraphrase that in your own words?  What do you think of this Graffiti?  Is it art?

Bansky’s work is about quesitoning authority, the status quo, consumerism and the way we treat our planet. 

The Joy of Not Being Sold Anything!

Look at the following graffiti "Junk-food Caveman"
.   What do you think of it? 


Bansky states:
“You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs.” 
What is your reaction to this observation of his?
Banksy, who puts much effort into remaining anonymous, is the ultimate anti-consumer and king of satirical artistry. It is his way of getting his message to the masses, even if his grafitti is painted over, that strikes most people. Banksy’s work screams the truth, and it may be able to be covered, but it definitely has an impact on those who see it.
If you are interested in browsing his website, I am attaching it for you:

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