Although it used to be a passion, I’ve not been following much street art in recent months. However let’s talk Banksy: Once again provocative in the wrong ways. We’re seeing the abuse of public art for monetary value, since apparently Banksy leaves his art as a “gift” for someone to do something with (in summary, make money). Whether that’s charging for photos on the street as we saw late last year or removing it from a wall, [“but is it your wall?”] for quite possibly a ‘worthy cause’ - We are seeing art being held hostage and immediately removed from its context and intention.
I guess we always have to come back to the idea of “who owns the street?”
All this said, I’m not entirely convinced this was the work of Banksy or his henchmen, but I guess we’ll have to see what the auction houses tell us.