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A post shared by Banksy (@banksy) on Oct 6, 2018 at 10:09am PDT
At a Sotheby’s auction in London, the graffiti fiend’s popular work, “Girl with Red Balloon,” sold for $1.4 million. As soon as the auctioner’s gavel touched the podium, a beeping noise went off and gasps filled the room: Banksy’s work had proceeded to self destruct.
The art of graffiti lies within the fact there is no money involved with this form of expression. The true artists within the genre are not motivated by anything besides their own creative rationales.
Since there are legal issues surrounding this type of creativity, the participants must sneak around and conceal their true names for most of the time. If the art is illegal, how can one make a living out of it? The answer is: one cannot. Yet, there is power in the absence of profit.
Profit is simply not a factor–unless the street artist is as influential as Banksy. This incognito innovator has to speak out against his success. After his most recent stunt, Banksy published a video stating that he did not want for his spontaneously self-destructing work of art to increase in value.
In this video, Banksy tells the world that a few years ago, he built a shredder into a frame–as a way of protecting his true intentions as a street artist–if it ever went up for auction. He published the video on Instagram. Quoting Picasso, Banksy captioned the video, “The urge to destroy is also a creative urge.”
The street artist is known for his political commentary, dark humor, and anonymity. Banksy is able to spread his beliefs through artistic expression and the disguise of a black hoodie. Personally, I do not believe that street artists such as the faceless mastermind behind the boobytrapped painting should be deemed as vandals. Their work should be respected by society, yet the public should not be allowed to preserve the works that are meant to be destroyed.
Here is another aspect of Banksy’s distaste for the price tags that are being pinned on street art: works of graffiti are meant to be destroyed. By selling these rebellious works of expression, society is allowing vandalism to be venerated.
Banksy has pulled a plethora of stunts that have made striking social commentaries for all to interpret. His morbid parody of Disneyland that he titled “Dismaland” was a critique on law enforcement and political issues. The outdoor installation was rampant with glum attractions that made visitors smirk in a twisted manner. His cleverness evokes a childish yet poignant take on the world, yet he does not want his work to be rewarded financially.
Adding a price tag onto a work that was intended to be clear from lucrativity is a public shame. Banksy wants his work to be free, just like his speech.
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