Friday, July 20, 2012
Seven Years with Banksy By Robert Clarke
“People say graffiti is ugly, irresponsible and childish…but that’s only if it’s done properly.” - BANKSY
His works sell for six-figure sums, his recent film Exit Through the Gift Shop was nominated for an Oscar and whenever an exhibition of his opens there are queues around the block. Banksy is one of the worlds most talked-about artists yet very little is known about him.
Seven Years with Banksy is an illuminating memoir of the world’s most celebrated graffiti artist, offering an insight into his life and work through the experiences that he and the author Robert Clarke shared together during Banksy’s formative years.
Clarke takes us through his first encounters with Banksy, which took place in a hotel in
in the 1990s, and candidly describes how his friendship with this young English
artist developed. Along the way, readers will discover more about the
ever-mysterious Banksy - what makes him tick, why he does what he does, and why
he ultimately rejects fame in favour of anonymity, setting him apart from many
other popular artists of our time. New York