Thursday, 23 July 2009
Banksy vs the Bristol Museum
After a two hour queue - and this was midweek and before the kids have broken up from school - we managed to get in to see the Banksy exhibition. Banksy is a Bristol graffiti artist. It now looks like he has become mainstream; all the postcards were sold out.
Is this art? Is it a joke? or is it both? I'm not sure. There is no doubt that there is creativity and much playfulness involved. What was interesting is that he is subverting many popular art forms and making a comment on society - and in some respects his art works like Jesus' parables.
This was a take on Jean-François Millet's The Gleaners (1857) with the subtitle - agency work.
The captions read: 'Does anyone take this kind of art seriously?' 'Never underestimate the power of a big gold frame'.
Loads of photos from the exhibit are available on flickr see here.
at 8:38 am