Banksy Versus London


As London goes on an Olympic cleaning binge, vowing to erase any and all graffiti, a stand-off is emerging between city authorities and renowned street artist Banksy, whose new artwork makes clear that he plans to draw on/upon the Olympics.

“The Guardian’s Jonathan Jones argued on Friday that Banksy was one of the great attractions of London, a point borne out by the popularity of his 2009 show at the Bristol Museum and the fact that his works sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars. When Bristol street cleaners painted over a Banksy work in 2007, it was considered a serious mistake.”

(Via Colossal)

Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →