Saving Banksy is the true story of one misguided art collector’s attempts to save a painting by the world’s most infamous street artist from destruction and the auction block. A rare look inside the secretive world of graffiti and street art, Saving Banksy asks the question, what would you do if you were offered a small fortune for a painting the artist didn’t want sold?
What We Thought:
I know very little about art even less about modern art. I know of Banksy and his secrecy, but I wouldn’t be able to see a Banksy piece and know it was one of his. That being said, I did enjoy Saving Banksy because it’s not just about art.
You get a little bit of everything in the film. There’s the business side of things. Art can be worth millions and with the laws of supply & demand, individual pieces are craved by collectors. Having a Banksy in your personal collection would be a status symbol very few could compete against.
There’s the preservation side. The piece should be saved for future generations, not just for profit and status. The graffiti artists in the film disagree with the preservation side as much as the profit side. They believe the piece should stay where the artist put it.
That’s another part of the film, the idea of graffiti art being considered art vs. vandalism. It is technically against the law to tag private property, but that’s also one of the reasons the artists do what they do. Graffiti art is one of today’s most defining artistic expressions. Someone like Banksy is considered today’s Andy Warhol for popular, modern art. Most art doesn’t hit its peak popularity till years after its release, but Banksy breaks the norm. As soon as his work comes out, people rush to see it
If you are like me and are uneducated when it comes to the art world you will still be able to enjoy Saving Banksy. It’s about much more than art. If you are a creative type you’ll definitely enjoy seeing how people view creativity in drastically different situations. Pretty interesting documentary even if there’s very little about Banksy himself in it.
- Bonus footage and behind the scenes interviews with top international artists