Exit Through the Gift Shop
From Library Staff
Banksy has spread his protest street art widely, and also guarded his own anonymity. This documentary, which one reviewer called a “prankumentary,” chronicles the transformation of Mr. Thierry Guetta into Mr. Brainwash, explores street art and obsession, and satirizes the art world.
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"I used to tell everyone to go and make art. I thought that everyone should do it... I don't do that much anymore" -Banksy
Banksy: Uhmmm... You know... it was at that point that I realized that maybe Thierry wasn't actually a film maker, and he was maybe just someone with mental problems who happened to have a camera.
Banksy: Most artists take years to develop their style, Thierry seemed to miss out on all those bits.
Banksy: Warhol repeated iconic images until they became meaningless, but there was still something iconic about them. Thierry really makes them meaningless.
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The story of how an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur film maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader and many of the world's most infamous graffiti artists at work.