Less than what

Mr. Brier points us to a “ton of pictures from Banksy’s LA show.” I think it would be too easy to either call the show an act of genius or a cheap grab for headlines. My question comes more out of interest of the location as opposed to skill in communicating. Since I’m not in the art game, my naivety will probably show through. Having never been to LA and only living in NYC for a couple months I’m going to make a giant assumption about the consumption of art between the two cities in Bansky’s situation. If I’m looking for a splashy event that will be on Extra – I would do it in LA. If I’m looking to challenge the art world, I would do it in NYC. LA’s TV camera’s vs NYC’s monolithic galleries. Bansky one day makes you consider the personality of Paris, and the next day he’s selling art to her friends. I wonder if the work is just a little less than what it could be.

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  • http://www.noahbrier.com Noah Brier

    Having not seen the show either, I can’t say either way, but I have a few guesses to why LA. One, Shepard Fairey is out there and I bet he had something to do with the show. Two, I would guess that there was probably some commentary on LA culture.

    Plus, is New York really anny better? (I’ve never been to LA either, by the way.)

  • Litherland

    Noah said:

    Plus, is New York really anny better? (I’ve never been to LA either, by the way.)

    I’ve been to LA. New York is better.

  • http://www.noahbrier.com Creative Writer’s Ethics Board

    Yeah, I didn’t mean it literally . . . I actually don’t know what I meant by that to be honest.

  • http://www.michaelsurtees.com michael
  • dt

    I don’t know know if the location had much to do with any of it. It was in downtown LA, pretty much removed from the celebrity world. I’d imagine it’s because LA has become the prefered city nowadays for American artists, so he probably got an interesting crowd.