Contemporary Art As Cultural Heritage: Bansky


Creation of Adam  , Michelangelo

Graffiti (plural of graffito: “a graffito”, but “these graffiti”) are writing or drawings that have been scribbled, scratched, or painted illicitly on a wall or other surface, often within public view. (Wikipedia)Today there are some contradiction between art authorities that is graffiti an art-work and involved in culture or a vandalism?Art historians who consider that a graffitis a cultural heritage, believe that graffiti have existed since ancient times, with examples dating back to Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, and the Roman Empire.

Today,supporters of graffiti are increasing more and more because one of the artist’s works influences people and communities deeply .This guy call himself as Bansky.
Banksy is an England-based graffiti artist, political activist and film director of unverified identity. His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humour with graffiti executed in a distinctive stenciling technique. His works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world. Banksy’s work grew out of the Bristol underground scene, which involved collaborations between artists and musicians.(wikipedia)
Generally ,Bansky prefers abandoned places,walls or sometimes center of the cities-public spaces-for painting instead of canvas.So What if we are starting talk about an art-work can be in Daily life?Is it a contemporary or temporary?How we protect them not showing in museums?Or today museums are in public spaces? Bansky Also Bansky using barcode between his/her Works.It means ,now we are staring to talk about digital culture.

May Bansky has a new approach to art in 21.century but in renaissance frescoes has some similarities with him/her.
Fresco (plural frescos or frescoes) is a technique of mural painting executed upon freshly-laid, or wet lime plaster. Water is used as the vehicle for the pigment to merge with the plaster, and with the setting of the plaster, the painting becomes an integral part of the wall. The fresco technique has been employed since antiquity and is closely associated with Italian Renaissance painting.(Wikipedia)
Frescoes generally are called history painting: “is a term used to describe paintings that focus on a serious narrative or include exemplary actions. In this sense the word history relates to the Italian historia (narrative or story). History painting is not necessarily an accurate or documentary description of actual events. Such works are often large in scale. Their subjects derive from the Bible, mythology, secular literature, or historical events. They can also be allegorical “
Today,for detrited frescoes ,people try to preserve,restorate and even try to put them in museums.Because of the their bad conditions.(humudity,light,hot and cold air)They believe that these frescoes are cultural heritage.

Bansky does not their works for money but of course after success ,their works prices(values) can be 1 million dollar today.Therefore,how can we protect this public spaces Works?Like Frescoes,Bansky’s work try to preserve after many years?
In my opinion,Bansky works reflect and criticize very well today’s moods.Because of these,they are important art Works.Trying to preserve them after 20 years ,could be strong act.Moreover in architecture , Lebbeus woods(generally known as paper- theorist-architect )did with students in Berlin,Germany 1988.

It is a collaboration drawing on the exposed Wall of an enormous concrete bunker,built during World War 2 that still stood next to the ruins of the Altes Banhof site in what was then West Berlin


Lebbeus Wood Studio,Berlin,1988






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