Heh, came across this article today via Kottke and GoogleNews:
Notorious British graffiti artist Banksy has been decorating New York city galleries with his own distinctive works of art.
He managed to hang his work next to classic pieces at four of the city’s most esteemed institutions, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum and the American Museum of Natural History.
The surreptitious installations were stuck to the walls with adhesive, complete with a name plaque and explanation.
Museum officials said they had found paintings of a woman wearing a gas mask, a colonial-era military officer holding a spray-paint can with anti-war graffiti in the background, a can of Tesco value tomato soup and a glass-encased beetle equipped with fighter jet wings, missiles and a satellite dish.
(The Scotsman/PA, 24iii5)
Have a look at the pictures of these four ‘installations’ at Wooster Collective – I love the Andy Warhol-esque Tesco Value Soup Can.
It turns out that this isn’t Banksy’s first brush with infamy: last year, he installed a gangsta rat in the Natural History Museum in London…
The graffiti artist Banksy has managed to smuggle in his latest work, a dead rat in a glass-fronted box, into the Natural History Museum where it was exhibited on a wall for several hours.
Staff did not notice that the rat was out of place amid the museum’s usual fare of dinosaur bones and artefact from the animal kingdom.
The rat was stuffed and clad in wraparound sunglasses, scaled down to fit the top of its head, a rucksack on its back, and with a microphone in one paw.
A miniature spraycan sits at the departed rodent’s feet, while above it is sprayed in graffiti-style lettering “our time will come”.
The piece called “Banksus Militus Ratus” was displayed with a text that said the common sewer rat had some remarkable new characteristics.
“Attributed to an increase in junk food waste, ambient radiation and hardcore urban rap music these creatures have evolved at an unprecedented rate.”
It quotes a bogus university professor as saying: “You can laugh now … but one day they may be in charge.”
(The Guardian, 8v4)
So – in answer to my question in the title to this post… I have absolutely no idea. But I like it!
Oh, on a completely different note (hopefully), check out Claire’s new site…