Museum Piece


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Museum Piece in response to museum Moco Amsterdam
2016
  There is a Banksy exhibition, Laugh Now, and also Andy Warhol, Royal. Banksy is known as a graffiti artist. His images, often black and white, are typically sprayed with stencils. Not in a studio but on the street. Controversial issues; the subjects are riot police, mobile units, protest and peace. The coloured screen prints by Warhol connect effortlessly to the work of Banksy. He frequently reproduced his best-known works, including early sketches of shoes.
  There is a large tent in the garden and when I enter I see a riot police van. Banksy’s work is all around with stencils and aerosols. On one side a heavily armed patrol with rifles at the ready and a little boy behind them, about to burst an inflated paper bag. The bag is a subtle light brown colour. When I walk out, I still read the template letters: ‘The 'Earth' without 'Art' is just 'Eh.'’ I saw a white acrylic painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat in the Guggenheim Bilbao; Man from Naples. Roughly painted. That is, the whiteboard is all completely covered with words and characters. Grafitti. A red pig's head and black, red and blue clumsy capitals 'Veni Vidi Vici, Porkchops, Beachers', more wild cries, a cross and other signs. Nice brash stuff.
But Banksy’s work made me think. The question is how do you get it into the museum? For Banksy, the quality of the presentation is on the street, Basquiat was for death. Maybe I should just call it Museum Piece.
Photo2: Banksy at Moco Amsterdam
Photo3: Man from Napels, Jean-Michel Basquiat
Guggenheim Bilbao