“How to Sell a Banksy”: gatecrashing the art market

How to Sell a Banksy” looks like a fun documentary that pokes fun at the art world. From the film’s Website:

Banksy’s work now reportedly changes hands for millions.
But he puts up his street art for free. Have you ever wondered
what would happen if you got your hands on one of these?
Does it mean you’ve found a winning lottery ticket or just
scraped some worthless crap off a wall?

Going up against the Art Establishment, Critics, Auction Houses,
Gallery Owners and Authentication Boards in a quest for the
elusive meal ticket, two filmmakers unwittingly gatecrash the
murky and protective world of Banksy.

“HOW TO SELL A BANKSY” raises questions of ownership,
authentication and the true value of art itself. Through all the
chaos and incompetence comes a modern-day, true-story,
crime-theft, comedy-caper.

  • I saw this film, and it is beyond poking fun at the art world– of course the story is really about a guy who is kind of nuts and believes in himself enough to go gangbusters on his own art show even though he is not by any traditional sense. an artist. He doesn’t even make the art, he just has his employees replicate and manipulate already existing works– mostly of pop art (is THAT art? or does it fall into this ame category?). It is equally– or more so– I think– about the sheep mentality meets the naked Emporer; if it is said to be “great” by those “in the know”, in this case Bansky and SHepard Fairey gave the guy a sentence of praise prior to his opening. As a film, pretty great stuff on many levels.

  • Antonio

    D– I’m guessing that part of the film’s message is that art is no longer about making art, but commenting on art, and that media (film, TV, documentary, YouTube, etc.) are now the artistic medium of choice. WIsh I could have seen it!

  • Jake

    This is a great trailer, reminds me of the related film Exit Through the Gift Shop. Definitely provides important insights into the art world, copying media, and the power of art to radically change the way you think about your surroundings. I particularly find these artists (such as Shepard Fairey and Banksy) to be worth a closer look because their art deals directly with political issues.