Commodifying Banksy

Take a selection of artworks by the most famous illicit artist in the world, add a city that’s passionate about its street art and a dash of controversy: the result is the new Melbourne exhibition The Art of Banksy.Named in 2010 as one of the 100 most influential figures in the world, Banksy’s career began in Bristol in the 1990s, where he enthusiastically participated in the city’s graffiti scene. In the early 2000s, he adopted stencilling as a technique, and became part of the art movement now called street art. Whereas graffiti involves a stylised calligraphy that centres on the repeated writing of an individual’s chosen name, or “tag”, street art allowed for a greater diversity of content and technique: with paste ups, stencils and layered images.

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