Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Artist/satirist Banksy's Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010) is a withering portrait of a quack, Thierry Guetta, who relentlessly videotaped street art in the US and Europe before becoming an artist himself. Appreciating the film's use of street art footage (one example is the sequence of a bit of plastic trash inflating to become a dog, above) videotaped by Guetta is well worth the chore of spending time with an unlikeable character. In fact, Exit is structured like a revenge movie: Banksy's payback against a nervy copycat. Perhaps Banksy is also poking fun at today's undiscerning art crowd.
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