I have been a BANKSY collector for a while. You can see some on my previous post, I got a few in my office. I even visited London with Kazu just to see BANKSY. After collecting some during the peak price days from auctions all over the world and thru galleries, I kinda faded out. So David my close friend emails me and says “great movie and must see” I bought it on iTunes and saw it in 3 days as I ran 30 min each on a treadmill at the Ritz Gym.
The movie is produced by BANKSY, of a camera freak Frenchman named Thierry Guetta who thru various street artists become friends with BANKSY and in the end becomes Mr. Brainwash, a LA Street Art sensation selling 1 million dollars in 1 opening day.
The movie is about street art, but has a deeper message from BANKSY telling the public inclusive of Thierry that Street Art comes from years of work and not a quick overnight fix. Thierry claims otherwise. Banksy makes a mockery out of people who flocked and paid tens of thousands of dollars to buy the supposed Art Sensation by Mr. Brainwash (initialled MBW).
Shepard Farley also appears (and I collect a few thanks to Adam) and sends the view the same message as BANKSY, there are Street Art that have originality and meaning, then there are Faddish Quick Fix Copy and Paste art that the uneducated masses thinks it’s cool because of colors and mix mash of subjects.
I noticed this film when I was watching the 2010 Academy Awards as it was nominated for an Oscar Documentary, and it would have won, but Inside Job took on subject matter that appealed to a wider audience and was wonderfully produced like Lesoto.
So if you love street art and messaging and how you can be one overnight but have no meaning, this is a movie for you.