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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: #396,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Roberto Perez-Franco on October 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
[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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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By SkinnyBoyArt on January 28, 2013
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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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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By kat on October 16, 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Neil The Unreel on September 8, 2014
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Luna on August 18, 2013
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By topcat77 on January 10, 2013
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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. K. Roberts on October 2, 2014
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So I was eating at a trendy restaurant at CityScape in downtown Phoenix when a drop of olive oil stained my t-shirt. While my plans that evening required me to drive right past my house, I opted to purchase a new shirt at the Urban Outfitters in the complex. As I went to pay for the Bangladeshi sweat shop goods, I noted a black book with the word “Banksy” in bold, white letters. I knew right away that my coffee table would be admired by my fellow pseudo-intellectuals.

While I’ve funded Banksy’s cause through book purchases in the past, I enjoyed this work even more. Previous works contained large pictures. To many people in my humble state of Arizona, these pictures were confusing. This one included words, which I can only assume were placed there to help those poor, confused souls understand the context of the matter. Unfortunately, those who were previously confused also trended towards illiteracy.

However, if you are one of the literate and have some sense of self awareness, this book would really look good on your coffee table. I’m sure it would serve as a call to arms of sorts, but the authors are well aware of their audience’s complacency towards doing… stuff. And this is exactly the kind of arms length, want-to-be activist I am. Truly a perfect book.
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