Shepard Fairey interviews Banksy.

Two of the heaviest hitters in the art world sat down together, metaphorically of course, for an interview and regardless of how you feel about these two artists you must admit that this is one of the best interviews that will ever appear in an art magazine. So, although you're still pissed at Banksy for 'selling out and doing galleries' and even though you'll never buy another obey t-shirt because 'its changed man, he's all about the money' why don't you just read this article, maybe even learn something?

Swindle has got the goods here.

B: I’ve done a few things to pay the bills, and I did the Blur album. It was a good record and it was quite a lot of money. I think that’s a really important distinction to make. If it’s something you actually believe in, doing something commercial doesn’t turn it to shit just because it’s commercial. Otherwise you’ve got to be a socialist rejecting capitalism altogether, because the idea that you can marry a quality product with a quality visual and be a part of that even though it’s capitalistic is sometimes a contradiction you can’t live with. But sometimes it’s perfectly symbiotic, like the Blur situation.


Blogger juls said...

The thing I like most about Banksy is his anonymity. Specifically because it hates on kids trying to get up by painting their name. It's about the art, not getting famous.

That and his art is pretty awesome.

I think I'm going to have to disagree with his idea about commercial projects not necessarily being shitty. Especially coming from a guy who doesn't have to do it. And that same art world he's so critical about is paying him so he can make more of his art. I mean, he makes a good point, but we're not all so lucky to be able to make CD covers for bands we like, or to not do it at all. I think it is shitty, by definition, it's not yours. You may have a stake in it, which I guess is less shitty, but still shitty.

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