Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Cost of Success

Banksy, world famous for his graffiti art, is now starting to experience the cost of success. His appeal to Hollywood stars, and the rising value of his work have left some to question his continuing credibility. His work's role in contributing to the gentrification of neighborhoods and in singlehandedly resulting in the increased value of certain properties have added an ironic twist to his image. The result has been the defacing of certain Banksy works.

It now seems inevitable that the cost of Banksy's success would infringe upon his perceived ideals. Despite these criticisms, his work continues to draw my attention, from its strongly framed points to its clever wit.