|“||We can’t do anything to change the world until capitalism crumbles. In the meantime we should all go shopping to console ourselves.||”|
— Banksy, Wall and Piece
Banksy is famous as a British Street artist whose identity was unknown at the start of his career and is still in debate today, despite being outed by two seperate newspapers as two different people! Banksy's works have dealt with an array of political and social themes, including anti-war, anti-capitalism, anti-fascism, anti-imperialism, anti-authoritarianism and anarchism. He documents greed, poverty, hypocrisy, boredom, dispair, absurdity and alienation. Although Banksy's works usually rely on visual imagery and iconography, he has made several politically related comments in his various books. While facetiously describing his political nature, Banksy declared that "Sometimes I feel so sick at the state of the world, I can’t even finish my second apple pie."
Street art is an anti-art movement that grew out of the gang culture of tagging and graffiti in the early 1980's. Unlike other art movements it spread through MTV and pop culture and was created by teenagers with no art school training. Street art is still not legal but it is different in its intention, it is usually preprepared before it goes onto the street in the form of a stencil. Taggers are out to deliberately make a mess and destroy they are happy to be known as vandals outside the law. Street art is used to make social and political commentary and joke-like statements, it is all art on the street that is not graffiti.
|Brassai - Graffiti image|
Situationists grew out of Dadaism and Surrealism, they wanted to break down the barriers between art, politics and other forms of social oppression. Encouraging people to adorn the streets with statements such as 'Free the Passions' and 'Never Work', their sloganeering was closely linked to the Paris student riots in 1968. They inspired people to rework metro posters (an early version of subvertising) challenging the ideas of ownership and creativity, believing if you wanted to put art on the streets you should do it, if you disagreed with an advert you should rework it, action here and now to transform everyday life. Attitudes that are shared by Street artists today.
|Richard Hamilton's - What is it that makes today's homes so different, so appealing?|
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Lewisohn, Cedar: Street Art (2008) Tate publishing, London
Peiter, Sebastian: Guerilla Art (2009) Laurence King Publishing Ltd, London
Untitled II The Beautiful Renaissance (2009) Pro-Actif Communications, Durham