Save The Banksy
Colin M. Day’s art-documentary begs to ask a lot of questions. One of the questions it asks, Has street art proven to be a profitable line of work? If you ask me the answer is and has always been yes. Graffiti today, stylized as the term street art, has made a huge transition over the past 10 years. It has been taken out of its original environment, the streets, to posh galleries, video games, high-end clothing lines etc.
Artists create this risky, expressive, rebellious work for free since it’s all illegal they can’t take action when scavengers go out and turn their labor into profit. Banksy, the anonymous culprit of pop up political graffiti art, is the subject of Colin M. Days new documentary “Saving Banksy”. Mr. Days debut focuses the attempt to rescue one of Banksy’s highly perishable creations strictly for the good of the public.
Private art dealers who make millions of dollars privatizing art that was given to the public for free is the least sympathetic character in the film. illegal murals only survive long enough for collectors to cut it off the wall, several shady members of the art community have butchered Banksy murals off of gates, barriers and bricks just to sell them. The assumed hero of this story is the subject Brian Grief who actually refused to sell a Banksy painting of a rat wearing a socialist cap, wielding a fat-tip marker, he wanted to give it to a museum. As the executive producer of “Saving Banksy”, Grief spent months negotiating with the hotel owner whose wood siding was vandalized by the famous artist.
Other artists featured in the film include Ben Eine, Risk, Revok, Doze Green, Biek Le Rat and Niels Mueman. The film was released in the USA on January 13th, 2017.