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Bansky and Basel

Basel is over, traffic died down, and the weather got cold. We guess it’s time to stay in and write a blog. Forget the guess, we know. It’s time to reflect on the craziness of Basel, looking at one person in particular: Banksy.

If you looked at our Basel plans, we were packed. I mean REALLY busy. By the time Rakastella finished, we could barely walk! Sunday we made it to a couple galleries before hibernating Monday. No excuse for not writing about Basel already, just explaining why we might sound a little slow this morning.

Even though we missed the Banksy exhibit (c’mon we can’t do everything), we’re familiar with Banksy and his work. Our IG post over the weekend made quite a statement. We told ya’ll to not attend the Banksy exhibit. Why? Because he didn’t authorize it. He’s not making money off it and the exhibit is produced by his former artistic director, not his current one. Wanna know who his current artistic director is? Himself.

For those of you who don’t know much about Banksy, we’ll give you a little insight. Banksy is an English-based street artist. No one knows his name or what he looks like (Lowkey people do, they keep it on the DL). His name has gained a huge amount of recognition due to his political as well as social values. Through art, mainly graffiti, he tells a story about his opinionated views on police and government, challenging society to think outside of the box.

Banksy is far from the average graffiti artist. He goes above and beyond to prove his point. One time, he printed fake money which was used by hundreds in shops around England. Another time, he destroyed his own work of art. In both situations, he faced a challenge. His opinion vs. the norm. Now, and during Basel in particular, he faces the same challenge, his art vs. the world.

In Banksy’s eyes, art should be seen by everyone. There shouldn’t be fees to see artwork and people shouldn’t buy street art (which is meant for the street). Its a very good point. You wanna know why? Fine, fine. We think that the artist has the decision in 1.) how they want their art portrayed and 2.) how the art effects the world. Art in galleries is seen by less than it being on the street. No matter what you say, it’s the truth. Throughout a day, more people walk by a busy street than pay money to go to an art gallery. Banksy is intent on spreading his message through art and therefore, it should be displayed the way he wants it to, on the street.

Private collectors put together a collection of art Banksy didn’t approve of. I mean, it’s his, so of course he loves it. He doesn’t love the way it’s displayed and due to it’s display, the way it’s perceived. We thought this was a good way to end the Basel season and start the Netflix and Chill. Reflect on Basel and what it does for artists. On one hand its great, it brings the spotlight to creatives who otherwise might’ve not had it. On the other, it hurts artists that don’t want to be displayed that way. Remember that artists don’t need to put together a showcase, anyone who has enough art can. We can’t wait to have our own Basel next year and show Miami the right way to showcase art. Hella love for Basel but we’re happy it’s over. Time to get ready for the holidays.

Talk soon