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July 2006



Graffiti As 'Fine Art'


          British graffiti writer "Banksy " recently evaded tightest security and hung several of his 'works of art' in four of New York's most prestigious museums.   All told, Banksy made his covert bequeathals to the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Brooklyn Museum and the American Museum of Natural History .

         Banksy's own painting titled: " Give Peace A Chance", which depicts a military officer holding a spray can with anti-war graffiti in the background, was clandestinely put on display at the Brooklyn Museum, going entirely unnoticed -at least by museum staff- for more than a week.

         Writer " Banksy", who has never revealed his true identity, has laid claim to carrying out these four unique smuggling operations all within a single day, and all within normal museum operating hours.   Some of the pieces went undetected for several days - including one outrageous painting of a flying beetle with missiles strapped to it's wings.    (Titled : "Hi-Tech Bug", he hung it, appropriately, amongst other pieces at the Natural History Museum's "Hall of Bio-diversity").

         But Banksy modestly allowed, "I decided to spare the Guggenhiem (Museum).    I would have had to appear between two Picassos, and I'm not good enough to get away with that."    Asked how he was able to evade security checks, Banksy said he used a false beard and was assisted by friends who distracted museum security staff.   He assumed, correctly it seems, that, "...they've got their eye a lot more on things leaving than things going in, which works in my favor."

         Banksy has staged similar 'covert ops' in the past, managing to spirit some of his works into Britain's Tate Gallery and the Louvre in France.    He told Reuters news agency that his primary inspiration was his sister, who at an earlier juncture threw away several of his paintings, saying they would never hang in the world- famous Paris museum.

         Although we are not sure the above museum sorties qualify as "graffiti" in the classic sense of the word (Banksy didn't actually deface anything), we do find the pranks highly amusing.

Another sample of Banksy 's less ambiguous outdoor graffiti excerpted from his website...

Here is Banksey's WEIRD website - Don't, repeat, Don't Miss It.   This guy is not just your normal graffiti artist.   He's not your normal, period.
- http://www.banksy.co.uk/ < link>


- And now to Bangkok's own brand of Graffiti....

Graffiti #071
Virtual Disk
9 ft high x 25 ft

Graffiti #072
Wild Rubber Duck
6 ft. high x 14 ft.

Graffiti #073
Dark Star & Co.
5 ft. high x 16 ft.

Graffiti #074
6 ft. high x 7 ft.

Graffiti #075
Down & Crazy
6 ft. high x 9 ft.

Graffiti #076
P's & Q's
7 ft. high x 20 ft.

Graffiti #077
Muskrat's Tongue
3 ft. high x 2 ft.

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(The above photo is not a graffiti per-se, although there are those who have insinuated....)    

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