Thursday, November 15, 2012

New Banksy book from St. Martin’s Press offers an eye-opening glimpse of the enigmatic figure

Art Daily Newsletter
As famous as Banksy is, he is also utterly unknown.

NEW YORK, NY.- Banksy is perhaps the best known living artist. His pieces have fetched millions of dollars at the world's most prestigious auction houses, and he was nominated for an Academy Award for his film Exit Through the Gift Shop. Once viewed as vandalism, his work is now venerated; fans have gone so far as to dismantle the walls that he has painted on and tried to sell them for thousands of dollars. But for as famous as Banksy is, he is also utterly unknown. His identity is a mystery, he never shows his face in public, never gives interviews except by email. Who is this man? And how has someone who goes to such great lengths to keep himself hidden achieved such great notoriety? In BANKSY (St. Martin’s Press; February 12, 2013), the first ever full-scale treatment of the artist, reporter Will Ellsworth-Jones pieces together the story of Banksy, building up a picture of the man and the world in which he operates. ... More

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