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Banksy.: You Are an Acceptable Level of Threat Hardcover – August 15, 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Carpet Bombing Culture; 2 edition (August 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908211083
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908211088
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[Published in MIT's The Tech] - You know the dull wall of Building E38 (pink, cream, whatever) that runs between MIT Press and Cosi? The other day somebody had the audacity (dare I say, the good heart) to spray-paint two machine guns with barrels curved together in the shape of a heart. When I saw this act of vandalism, I smiled and nodded. For I have learned to appreciate this kind of art. Street art. And it's thanks to Banksy.

Maybe you don't know who Banksy is. Most people don't. This is a shame, for he is one of the most memorable visual artists of his generation. I call him an artist, but he prefers to be called a vandal. He's also a provocateur, a thinker, a poet, and Zen master of sorts.

In a new book on the elusive artist, Banksy: You Are an Acceptable Level of Threat, Patrick Potter describes Banksy as "an anonymous street artist from Bristol who rose to international fame in the late 1990s and the present day chiefly by illegally spray painting stencil designs across the major cities of the U.K. and North America." It's not street art if it isn't illegal, we are reminded, along with a quote from Banksy: "Crime against property is no real crime."

At this point, Banksy is anonymous by choice. Not only his choice, mind you, but the stubborn denial of his followers and fans: "Our myths are far more important to us than some **** with a real life." Banksy will live forever anonymously, writes Potter, "and that is as it should be. Even if he came tomorrow and revealed herself. We still wouldn't have it." Plus, anonymity is kind of handy; if you're going to play Zorro, you better damn well wear the mask.

As an artist, Banksy has tackled some of the most controversial topics of the day.
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I enjoyed this book but honestly I was a bit dissapointed.

I had purchased this and "Wall and Piece" and greatly prefer "Wall and piece" to this book. Its an enjoyable book and the photographs of Banksy's work is clear and amazing. However it seems that not all of the art work is by Banksy. I believe they included other work by street artists that were "inspired" by Banksy. So at times it difficult to tell what is Banksy and whats not.

This book also had much more writting in it then I thought which was nice. However it was written by a third party group and not Banksy (like he does in "wall and piece").

All in all I did like this book. It will be good to add to my collection. But if your looking for one single amazing book about Banksy and he's work. Your better off getting "Wall and Piece" by banksy himself.
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I bought this book and Banksy's "Wall and Peace" at the same time, and prefer the other because of Banksy's witticisms and writing, although this book provides a great deal of visual information about the current world of street art. As a visual arts teacher I use both books as demonstrations of communication with line and message.
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If you are the Banksy fan I am, you will love this book. Pictures of his work dominate this book and that is exactly what you want to see. The rebel inside the mysterious street artist or whatever you want to call him is evident on every page.
What really adds to the rebel spirit is the text provided by Gary Shove and Patrick Potter. The minimal text is biting, cynical, dark-edged with great wit – just like the art it accompanies. In addition to Shove and Potter writing, there are a few quotes from the man himself – “There are four basic human needs; Food, Sleep, Sex, and Revenge.” There are some photos of the King Robbo vs. Banksy feud via wall battles. Overall, I loved the photos and the text of the most controversial artist of our day.
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This is a great book, I really love it!
All Banksy books are awesome.
I you are a Banksy fan this is a must have!
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The art speaks for itself - witty, topical, bitingly relevant and beautifully crafted at the same time, defines street art. The illustrations are excellent and well placed. The text, however, is a different matter - too self-consciously subversive to provide detail or narrative. But a hugely enjoyable book
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high quality book with excellent photos. informative, but with plenty of snarkiness. like a hipster coffee table book smooshed together with Anonymous facebook posts.
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I love me some Banksy, ever since I realized his PARK piece was a block from my friends house in downtown Los Angeles. The mystery of his identity makes his work even more interesting. Only after I opened my first Banksy book did I read some of the information and suddenly realize that sticker on the shrink wrap might indicate the content could really mean its just made up?

Seriously because I didnt know Banksy had a team who consults with big advertisers teams to put up HUGE murals that takes months of planning. I love Banksy rat art, but when I saw the RAT advertising FOX and the story about FOX teams and Banksys team it suddenly felt like for enough money you can hire Banksy to create a Pizza ad for you. I mean I hope its not all true, I was so much more in love with him before I saw the Banksy book. Great pictures but the story they added made me wish I didnt know so much. I just bought this book yesterday and today I ordered 4 more books, and I hope they are strictly picture books.
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