Survey of Arts Management

Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014

The greatest crimes in the world are not committed by people breaking the rules but by people following the rules.

banksy UWS NYCI was living in New York City last year when Banksy made an exhibit out of NYC.  My first experience with Banksy was this piece done near my apartment on the Upper West Side.  I was reminded of Banksy again today when I happened upon this blog in the Huffington Post.  Banksy is a rule breaker; he vandalizes but most of all he stays anonymous in a world that craves attention and even managed to capitalize on his art.  I’m impressed by Banksy because his arts seems accessible to everyone.  I’m not saying that I love all his art but it can be experienced by simply searching Banksy on the internet or exploring and searching for it live.  Banksy has somehow managed to remain accessible as a “Street Artist” and  break into “high brow” art society.  I don’t know if Banksy has a manager or does it himself but can’t help but marvel at the skill with which Banksy has balanced fame, success, and anonymity. 

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2 comments on “The greatest crimes in the world are not committed by people breaking the rules but by people following the rules.

  1. gormleykimberly
    September 3, 2014

    I LOVE Banksy, and was especially taken with his “street art for sale” piece last year in New York, where he sold original paintings for $60 as a commentary on the art market. Almost nobody bought them, although a few of them were resold recently in London for £120,000.

    Art forms used as didactic tools or social commentary is one of the best ways to engage folks, and Banksy does a stunning job.

  2. gaochang619
    September 5, 2014

    Banksy is truly an outstanding ironist and a hermit. Actually graffiti are somewhat regarded as a marginal art form but I believe at the same time there are abundant stunning works sparkled the artists’ inspirations, namely Banksy’s.

    And it seems that if Banksy handles his own art performance personally, he is definitely a brilliant arts manager. Great crisis management skills.

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