Thursday, February 4, 2010

A movie about - and made by - the controversial artist Banksy, “Exit Through The Gift Shop” is a film within a film that chronicles the guerrilla art scene that eventually shifts to poke fun at the sly satire of celebrity, consumerism, the art scene, and film making itself.

“Gift Shop” moves from the focus of Banksy himself, and speculates the idea of art appraisal and how we see art in itself. Is it some subjective aesthetic test or economic valuation that we come to these conclusions, or do artists need to earn their names, or is artistry simply imposed upon them through some random algorithm?

“Maybe [the filmmaker is] just someone with mental problems who happened to have a camera,” Banksy says about his friend and accomplice Guetta. “Maybe it means art is a bit of a joke”.

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