- 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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Banksy.: You Are an Acceptable Level of Threat Hardcover – August 15, 2012
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
All Banksy books are awesome.
I you are a Banksy fan this is a must have!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beat up. Definitely not the quality I expected when I ordered a Used 'Good' version.Published 6 months ago by Darby Sullivan
Intriguing read & excellent information on Banksy and graffiti art.Published 8 months ago by emma gonzalez
This guy should be every citizen's model for how to socially protest. Really makes me hope he never reveals himself so he can continue doing his good work.Published 9 months ago by Kathy Bayham
Banksy is great. This book isn't. The text is written by someone who admits to having never met or even having tried to meet Banksy, and the photos aren't necessarily even Banksy's... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jan