Banksy mocks the art world – but it changes nothing
Gatukonstnären Banksy has been an enigma for several decades. Secret identity. Obviously extremely smart. He has not only created great works of its genre, he runs with art and culture and on Friday, he caused a minor scandal at Sotheby's auction.
the Girl with the balloon was sold for 1 million pounds, and seconds after the hammer reached the table began painting slip down in the frame and shredded.
Banksy published on Saturday evening a movie on Instagram, where he explains that he long ago built up a shredder in the frame, to be activated if the painting ever sold at auction. Exactly how it was enabled is a mystery to me. An alliance with Sotheby's?
the Coup is a finger to the art market, the rising prices, to the whole of the easily vulgar artistic vision that is all about large and safe investments. Not about what art should be about: enjoyment, understanding, humanism.
the Works are sold to private individuals disappear from the public, and live their future life locked up in places where few have access. Now, nobody knows who just bought this piece, Sotheby's does not reveal the telefonbudande the buyer's name. But the most likely cause is that it is not an institution.
So at this guldramsförsedda Girl with balloon – a motif that anyone can see as a print, shirt, tote bag – is lost to the public and also destroyed.
Why I think that it is just sad the whole thing?
it does not matter if the work is destroyed or not. The new price tag is fifty percent higher, allows the analysis of the market to inform. Now is Girl with balloon namely the history of art, an event.
How much auktionshandeln than criticized or operated by you can handle it just fine. Cheap change owners, high above the performers and the ordinary audience's heads. Expression, content, or even a prank like this will change nothing.