‘The Auckland Banksy exhibition sucks’

Off-street art from a famous street artist – exhibited by a con artist?

From ‘rincewind4x2’: The Auckland Banksy exhibition sucks

I went Sunday and came out throughly dissappointed. Here’s why.

First major problem was the cost; $35 (before “fees”). That is really expensive for any art exhibition, but considering this is an anarchist, anti-consumerist, satirical street artist exhibition, it’s pretty fucking exorbitant.

As for the art itself, it was fine … sorta.

The thing is; Banksy’s art itself isn’t actually that impressive. Compared with the fucking wizardy other London street art can be, Banksy’s stencil art is kinda mediocre. What makes his art awesome is what it says and where he puts it. Which is cool, but when you take it out of it’s original context and pigeonhole it into some random exhibition it loses a lot of the punch that makes it so kick-ass in the first place.

Don’t get me wrong, I do like Banksy’s work, but because he actually goes to Palestine to paint anti-war sentiments, and goes to the worlds most prestigious art galleries to hang up his own Dadaist creations, none of that really comes up in this exhibit though.

Take this image I took (which sums up my sentiments about this exhibit).

Prints like this make up about 70% of the exhibit, and that image looks identical to this image I got from google, which looks identical to how I saw it.

What’s worse is that of the prints there are usually about 2-6 of each, with little to no variety between them all, so you’re paying to see duplicates, which really just doubles down on the lack of originality.

So that was the problem with the art, now lets get into the political side of things. Remember how I said how Banksy was a “anarchist, anti-consumerist, satirical street artist”? How ironic would it be if an exhibit by him was shamelessly sponsored by a bunch of corporations that had nothing to do with him for exposure?

…The first thing you see when you enter Aotea center is a car decaled with all they corporate sponsors logo’s hideously mimicked in his style.

But honestly, by far the most obnoxious, lack of self-aware bullshit of all of this was that you LITERALLY HAD TO EXIT THROUGH THE FUCKING GIFT SHOP.

Yeah fuck this exhibit, if you want to see Banksy look at some of his images on Imgur, do not contribute to this bullshit.

PeterGivenbless:

I got down-voted on a previous thread for saying this but really Banksy is just a political cartoonist whose canvas is the world; taken out of their situational contexts, his images resemble the type of political satire that would be just as at home in any mainstream newspaper.

Paulfknwalsh:

I was lucky enough to go to the first major exhibition by him (Turf War) when I was living in East London in the early 2000s – it was hilarious + subversive. (Eg, there was a live pig with “FUCK PIGS” spraypainted on it in a pen in the centre of the warehouse.) Oh, and it was free, like most stuff he’s done. (‘Dismal Land’ had £3 entry tickets, limited to 500 people a day, but that was the only one with an entry fee.)

This show, though, is just a cash grab by his ex manager, to make money off suckers. There’s a good reason that another artist (Adnate) painted ‘a version of Caravaggio’s The Taking of Christ with Lazarides as Judas and Banksy, behind his trademark monkey mask, as Jesus’ when this exhibition was displayed in Melbourne.

It makes it worse that ratepayer money is funding it.. it’s like finding out the Council has just bought ten thousand pairs of Adidos sneakers with four stripes for its staff to wear. :\

QUILTBAGs:

Makes council members happy they used public money to promote anti-establishment art.

Kally-0:

I was kind of amused by the fact that there is a sign describing he how he had an ‘acrimonious’ split with his manager Steve Lazarides, and then as I am leaving I notice that the whole thing has been curated by Steve Lazarides.

The exhibition promotion The Art of Banksy clearly shows Lazarides as curator…

…but unless you know he is Banksy’s ex manager who has acrimoniously split that will mean nothing to you.

The Art of Banksy

Bringing the iconic artist of Bristol to the centre of Auckland, the exhibition takes visitors on journey, exploring the questionable genius of the world’s most infamous street artist with a retrospective of over 80 of the artists’ off-street masterpieces.

I thought he became famous for provocative on-street art.

Most famously known for his stencilling technique, Banksy’s artwork combines dark humour with underlying political messages and social themes, which have made him one of the biggest contemporary artists of our time.

Maybe Lazarides is a bit of a con artist.

39 Comments

  1. George

     /  January 9, 2018

    Art is now the usage of stencils ??????????

    • Gezza

       /  January 9, 2018

      Why not? Andy Warhol’s included a soup can.

    • robertguyton

       /  January 9, 2018

      Now? Stencils have been used since the very beginnings of art; have your seen the hand-prints on the walls of caves? Now – pffffft!

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  January 9, 2018

        That depends upon who cut the stencils and made the design. I have an ‘original print’ by an artist-this may seem an oxymoron, but she made them and coloured them. They were all numbered, I still love mine and always will.

    • A local artist won a prestigious HB art award, with significant prize money, by colouring between the lines. True story 🙂

  2. Gezza

     /  January 9, 2018

    This was done late last year on the back wall of my NW supermarket to stop taggers. I chatted to the young Maori chap who was working on it. He’d been employed all round the world doing these sorts of large scale murals.

    THAT, is art. There’s been no more tagging.

    • robertguyton

       /  January 9, 2018

      Graph artists usually start out as taggers. Some end up that way too.

      • Gezza

         /  January 9, 2018

        Graph artists usually start out as taggers.
        Usually? Bullshit. Go to any graphic art school & ask how many of them started out as taggers.

        Maybe a very few taggers with some actual artistic clues eventually get persuaded to use their natural talent for proper mural painting, but most of them are just thick deadshits who spray their dog-wee scribbles everywhere because they’re total losers & they think it makes them somebody. It does too – it gives them some cred with other losers.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  January 9, 2018

          I have a cartoon of a tagger tagging and thinking ‘Now everyone will know I’ve been here.’ Near him is a dog lifting his leg and thinking the same thing.

          There are some marvellous wall-art pieces done with spray cans in the Waikato, It does deter taggers. I have heard that in (Kaitaia?) which is well-endowed with murals, some passing taggers were caught in the act by local teenagers who gave them something to remember them by !

          Did anyone see the 60 Minutes or 20/20 item about a city in the US that was infested with taggers ? Posters went up to say that a documentary was to be made about taggers and if any wanted to be on it, could they either turn up at this place at this time or however it was done…anyway, all the taggers wanted to be on the programme, so they came to the audition.

          They were put in front of cameras, asked for their names & other details about themselves-and they gave them-and asked to demonstrate their tags, and the poor trusting fools did that, too. The nice man who was asking the questions was-surprise-a policeman in plain clothes.

          No more tags in that place, You wouldn’t think that even taggers would be stupid enough to fall for such a thing-some mothers really do ‘ave ’em. It’s as bad as the idiot here who left his name, address and phone number in the record shop, and then leaned over and robbed the till when nobody was looking, Well, nobody except the CCTV camera.

        • robertguyton

           /  January 9, 2018

          I helped curate a “graph art” exhibition at The Southland Museum & Art Gallery some time back and the artists who created the amazing outdoor work for the show told me their stories. I wasn’t referring to graphic art such as that produced by students of art schools. You may despise taggers but that doesn’t make my comment untrue. Do you know some of NZ’s best graph artists, Gezza? Do you know how they started out?

          • Gezza

             /  January 9, 2018

            I know that the young Maori guy who painted that mural has his own company & that he DIDN’T start out as a tagger. He started out as a commervial artist.

            • Gezza

               /  January 9, 2018

              Drat. *commercial. (He was quite convivial tho.)

            • robertguyton

               /  January 9, 2018

              So… one (at least) fits your prescription, Gezza – good-oh! Doesn’t make my claim wrong though, does it. Of course I might be wrong, but my experience taught me that. Not that I really care, mine was a lightly held belief.

            • PDB

               /  January 9, 2018

              RG: “Of course I might be wrong”

              Looking at your track record on here I’d say that’ll be about a 99% chance of being true.

            • robertguyton

               /  January 9, 2018

              99% might be … what’s that in round figures, PDB? (Sorry if that blows your rusty circuits). And what then, are the chances that my “Of course I might be wrong” statement is … wrong? Again, sorry if you bl;ow a gasket computing that one.

            • PDB

               /  January 9, 2018

              Congratulations! Your “I might be wrong” statement was part of the very rare 1%!

            • Conspiratoor

               /  January 9, 2018

              Pants, when it comes to putting an insect in a jar and keeping the poor bastard alive …you couldn’t hold a candle to robert

      • PDB

         /  January 9, 2018

        A bit of ‘fake news’ from you there Robert……though good to see you fitting right in with the left-wingers on here…

  3. I love it when “subversive” “artists” turn out to be just as money grabbing as joe average… it really disappoints all those hard core socilaists out there – you know the ones, always yelling about stuffing the man, capitalism is a failure, property is theft i.e. all the memes they picked up at the radical youth club or in the Arts faculties at Unis or Polys. OH the despair….

    • robertguyton

       /  January 9, 2018

      But it wasn’t, was it; “Banksy” isn’t mounting the exhibition, his troublesome manager is. Do you also love it when business people expose themselves as “money-grubbing”?

      • I am sure the artist gets a cut for displaying their work Robert….. business people are suppose to chase the dollar chap – ya know that’s why they call it business…

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  January 9, 2018

          The gallery also has a lot of expenses, and they need to make a profit. I don’t know, of course, how much of the $35 goes to the artist, but by the time everything comes out, it’s probably not much.

        • robertguyton

           /  January 9, 2018

          I didn’t know, dave1924, that the meaning of the word “business” was “chase the dollar”, no, I have to own, I didn’t know that. Thanks for the guidance.

          • Do you think being in business is about breaking even? Or make a loss? Bejesus – what colour is the sky where you are?

            • robertguyton

               /  January 9, 2018

              I looked it up, dave1924, to see if your explanation was any good. It fell well short, in my view. Your interpretation sounds … grasping
              “business
              ˈbɪznəs/Submit
              noun
              1.
              a person’s regular occupation, profession, or trade.
              “experts who typically conduct their business over the Internet”
              synonyms: work, line of work, line, occupation, profession, career, employment, job, day job, position, pursuit, vocation, calling, field, sphere, walk of life, trade, craft; More
              2.
              commercial activity.
              “firms who want to do business with Japan”
              synonyms: trade, trading, commerce, buying and selling, dealing, traffic, trafficking, marketing, merchandising, bargaining; “

            • Robert – you are a fool. You know my meaning is 100% fine if colloquial. Its the drive behind business – to make cash…. Yes I know all about the supposed “social conscious” businesses etc – but they are nothing but smokescreens and normally fail over time without capital infusions or donations.

              I know you see things through a green lens but no socialist approach to running an economy has ever worked without an underlying capitalist & competitive business sector providing the cash. Socialism is a parasitic organism. And while Socialism stays relatively constrained in its parasitic form, its not a bad balance in a NZ sense of a mixed economy. But when pushed further to where dedicated Socialists and Communists want it to be (you?) – it destroys the host and it all collapses.

            • robertguyton

               /  January 10, 2018

              Settle down, dave, you’re coming across as manic.
              I simply said that I didn’t know the word “business” had such a specific meaning – that admission seems to have thrown you into a frenzy; business going badly, is it?

            • Ohhh please Robert – you verge on the pathetic… you needle and get a considered response and just continue to needle. Are you Blazers alter ego or twin?

  4. PartisanZ

     /  January 9, 2018

    $35.00 would be very cheap for a live concert by a big-name ‘artist’, about average or cheap for live theatre, depending, and somewhat expensive for a movie at the cinema …

    The medium is the message as well as the message …

    And, of course, people can choose not to go!

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  January 9, 2018

      Exactly. Nobody can claim that they didn’t know what it was going to be like.Nobody would go to this exhibition who didn’t WANT to go.

      I would gladly pay $35 for some exhibitions. Banksy isn’t my scene, but I am not naive enough to dismiss an artist because I happen not to be an admirer. So many people think that if THEY don’t like it, it’s not good. How arrogant. I can appreciate his skill, but don’t want to go to Auckland and pay to see this exhibition that badly.I would go if it was near me and cheaper :-/

      The whining about having to go through the gift shop is pathetic. When I go to Farmers, I have to pass through the perfume department, but I am under no obligation to buy it.

      Some films. like the Met Operas, can cost $33, but they are worth it.

      • PartisanZ

         /  January 9, 2018

        Agree wholeheartedly Miss Kitty. Exiting through the Gift Shop is equivalent to product placement at the supermarket and, in the realms of art, something of a social comment in itself.

        “New Zealand’s “poor housing, a lack of arts, rampant anti-intellectualism, non-existent work ethic, bad wages and insanely expensive food” were also discussed among redditors.”

        http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11972025

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  January 9, 2018

          Was the idiocy of sweeping generalisation mentioned ?

          Nobody’s under any obligation to buy anything that they go past ! I’d love to buy the expensive perfumes, but if I’m not wearing my own, I have a free squirt and smell of Dior, Chanel or whichever it is 😀 I always wear Revlon’s Charlie as I like it and it’s very affordable.

          • PartisanZ

             /  January 9, 2018

            But you’d surely admit that some people and perhaps many people are tempted and seduced by product placement? They fall for it.

            If it didn’t work, why would the supermarkets keep on and on and on doing it?

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  January 9, 2018

              Of course, but that is their decision. The shop can’t make them buy anything. I won’t buy anything that I don’t need or want-I can’t say that I have never bought anything on impulse in my life, of course. But if I am weak and succumb, that’s my fault. I wouldn’t buy it just because it was there.

            • Gezza

               /  January 9, 2018

              I remember being taught in school the techniques that supermarkets use to sell merchandise, Form 1, I think.

            • PartisanZ

               /  January 9, 2018

              Maxwell Smart: The old “buyer beware” trick eh Chief?

              For some peculiar reason we alleviate sellers of almost all moral responsibility regards ‘merchandising’, which doesn’t encourage many seller’s to be morally responsible …

  5. Blazer

     /  January 9, 2018

    ‘I don’t buy anything I don’t need or….WANT!The Hidden Persuaders- Vance Packard,The Wantmakers-Eric Clark.

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