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Bansky is a British artist who is known for his Postmodernist creations.
Postmodernism, also spelled post-modernism, in Western philosophy (Links to an external site.), is a late 20th-century movement characterized by broad skepticism (Links to an external site.), subjectivism, or relativism; a general suspicion of reason (Links to an external site.); and an acute (Links to an external site.) sensitivity to the role of ideology (Links to an external site.) in asserting and maintaining political and economic power. Post Modernists are known to believe that the West’s claims of freedom and prosperity continue to be nothing more than empty promises and have not met the needs of humanity. Post Modernists typically believe that truth is relative, and truth is up to each individual to determine for himself.
Read the following articles and watch the video about the artist Banksy in the order below.
**If you cannot access the articles or video through the links, you can copy and paste the title of the articles or video into your browser.
1. Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/31/arts/design/banksy-makes-new-york-his-gallery-for-a-month.html?pagewanted=all (Links to an external site.)
2. Video: Who is Banksy? (*Disregard the dead link)
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Banksy Bombs New York City #N3
(318) Who is Banksy? – YouTube (Links to an external site.)
3. Article – ARTNET news Saturday, October 6, 2018
Street Theater? A Famous Banksy Self-Destructs Live as Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Sales Fetch $91.5 Million in London
The British street artist and the auction house brought some calculated spectacle to the evening’s proceedings.
Colin Gleadell, October 6, 2018
Banksy Authenticates and Renames His Shredded $1.4 Million Painting—Which the Buyer Plans to Keep – Artnet News
https://news.artnet.com/market/banksy-re-authenticates-shredded-1-4-million-european-buyer-will-keep-1369852 (Links to an external site.)
Banksy’s Famed Shredded Artwork, ‘Love Is in the Bin,’ Sells for a Record $25.4 Million at Sotheby’s—18 Times the Non-Shredded Price
Banksy’s Self-Destructing Artwork Sells for a Record $25.4 Million at Sotheby’s, 18 Times the Non-Shredded Price (artnet.com) (Links to an external site.)
6. Bonus Articles
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/banksy-working-from-home-lockdown-scli-intl-gbr/index.html (Links to an external site.)
A U.K. Landlord Tore a Banksy Mural From a Shop Wall. Locals Fear It Will Be Sold to Cash In on Banksy’s Astronomical Market | Artnet News (Links to an external site.)
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/banksy-rumor-plymouth-professor-england-2161029 (Links to an external site.)
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/stolen-bataclan-banksy-ruling-2135475 (Links to an external site.)
**https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xoe3Nn5vuBg** (Video link)
Write a 5-paragraph essay – with well-constructed paragraphs (containing no less than 6 sentences) – addressing the following questions:
1. Is Banksy’s art work graffiti or public art?
2. Should it be encouraged or banned?
3. If you purchased the work of art that shredded at the auction, would you have demanded that Sotheby’s return the money you paid or would you purchase the new work of art (not knowing what the future held)?
4. If you managed Banksy, would you encourage him to reveal his identity? Why or why not?
Give reasons to support all of your answers.
5. If you were a Postmodernist artist, what would be your central theme(s)? What materials would you use to create your work?