In my personal opinion the English artist Banksy is one of the best artists of our time.
His art captures the absurdity of our times and is trenchantly anti corporate. It focusses on ordinary people and ordinary scenes but adds in an element of pathos.
His identity is unknown. Despite his potential ability to attract huge attention and wealth he shuns publicity and instead concentrates on his art.
Some of his art is contained in this video.
He has attracted recent attention by building a shredder into one of his pieces and having it self destruct at the moment of sale for a record price.
Jill Lawless at boston.com has the details:
Art prankster Banksy has struck again.
A work by the elusive street artist self-destructed in front of startled auction-goers on Friday, moments after being sold for 1.04 million pounds ($1.4 million).
The spray-painted canvas “Girl With Balloon” went under the hammer at Sotheby’s in London, fetching more than three times its pre-sale estimate and equaling a record price for the artist.
Then, as an alarm sounded, it ran through a shredder embedded in the frame, emerging from the bottom in strips.
A post on Banksy’s official Instagram account showed the moment — and the shocked reaction of those in the room — with the words “Going, going, gone…”
And here is the video:
Lawyers will have a field day. I presume that Banksy owned the piece and that it had not as yet been paid for. But a bigger fuck you to wealthy art collectors could not be imagined.