Monday, October 14, 2013
BanksyNY - What If . . . .
Banksy's Canvas Stall Public Interaction at Central Park has left Banksy fans feeling all kinds of queasy.
The canvases that Banksy was selling were listed at $60/apiece, but in the art world they have been valued at $31,000/apiece.
This whole scenario has left a lot of people sick to their stomachs with a belly ache like a giant missed opportunity. The fact that owning a Banksy piece is completely out of reach for most Banksy fans accompanied with the fact that the canvas originals offered for sale on the streets were presented in such an open manner and for such an attainable price that it has people questioning--what they would have done?
This might be the most poignant Banksy piece yet. This installation was not about religious wrongs, or war, or animal abuse--it was about money. Which begs the question, is money the true God in Western culture?
So, what if you had walked past Banksy's stall? Would fans have recognized the originals? Or walked past the art stall complaining about bootlegs and knockoffs? Would you have bought a painting? How many? If so, would you keep it? Furthermore, what does this say about prices in the art world if a canvas valued at $31,000 doesn't sell on the streets for $60?
Everybody has a 'What If'. So, what if if it you had a chance to walk by Banksy's Original Canvas Stall. What would you have done?