New York art critic Jerry Saltz has had it with Banksy. Jerry gets the media PR campaign behind the brand Banksy but he finds the work "meh". Jerry basically points out there not much to the work other then hype and one liners. There is no unique style. from Jerry's FB page "Mr. Meh. "Banksy Is in Town." you can read about Saltz love here, enjoy the circus: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/10/banksy-is-in-town-and-he-could-make-you-rich.html?mid=google
and this link is funny
Okay. Latest FREE app: "Jerry Saltz pointing at shit." Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of photo-shop. http://bit.ly/1d700UL
Jerry Saltz is pointing out other artist approach these topics with their style being recognizable. Banksy's work reminds me of a water down version of long time Austin Texas artist Paul Beck. Even the recent video work from Banksy utilizing war footage Paul Beck did several years ago. Also one of the music videos Paul Beck created that premiered on I.F.C. witch they declared the most subversive video you will see this year used this technique. Does Banksy have cable? Is he surfing the web mining other artist work to feed his hype machine?
jerry's war from paul beck on Vimeo.
see below videos by Paul Beck
premiered on I.F.C.
The Calm Blue Sea "Literal" from paul beck on Vimeo.
Nude by Radiohead video by Paul Beck
nude, Radiohead from paul beck on Vimeo.
War is Over, well kid of. By Paul Beck
war is over. well kind of from paul beck on Vimeo.
Mark English started the Billboard Revolution several years back and creates his stylized paintings pointing out the trappings of commercial culture. He did appear in Exit Through the Gift Shop. So a little props was thrown his way.
Observers have noted that his style is similar to Blek le Rat, who began to work with stencils in 1981 in Paris, Jef Aerosol, who sprayed his first street stencil in 1982 in Tours (France), and members of the anarcho-punk band Crass, which maintained a graffiti stencil campaign on the London Tube System in the late 1970s and early 1980: wikipedia
then there was this weird rumor "According to TRA, “the super had it open to show some friends. He was super nice.” That is, until Swizz tried to lowball him. “He said Swizz Beatz was there the day before [Wednesday] and offered $10,000 for it. The super said ‘Get the fuck outta here!’”