Banksy’s Street Art Sale Stunt: Proving a Case That Street Art is Just as Niche as “High” Art?

Saw this article on a friend's facebook feed from mashable.com about infamous street artist Banksy's latest stunt in the name of art and social commentary.  It showed this recent video of a art sale Bansky staged in NYC this weekend (among the other Central Park art stands).  It was attended by an old man and … Continue reading Banksy’s Street Art Sale Stunt: Proving a Case That Street Art is Just as Niche as “High” Art?

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Frenchmen Street: The Artist’s NOLA

On our second night in New Orleans (NOLA to you hipster artsy types) we did a traditional creole dinner and headed down to Frenchmen street to pay a visit to our new friend who coordinates the artist's market. This is one of my favorite parts of town, because it reeks of dirty hippie kids, salt … Continue reading Frenchmen Street: The Artist’s NOLA

Ironically, I was just sharing one of my posts about Banksy (namely the one about Nick Stern’s photo interpretations of his work and how this elevates them to “high art”). I feel so white right now I can’t even stand it.

Other Voices

Laura

Recently, Nina Simon summarized the posts of several bloggers on the lack of ethnic diversity in the arts.  This past week she posted On White Privilege and Museums that explores museums as venues of white privilege.  Comments responding to the latter post are plentiful (over 30) and range across a broad spectrum from support to rejection with opinions divided more-or-less akin to a bell-shaped curve.

An important tool for approaching diversity in museums rests in Simon’s model of the co-creative projects she discusses in The Participatory Museum.  Simon (2010:187) writes the purpose of a co-creative community project is “To give voice and be responsive to the needs and interests of local community members; to provide a place for community engagement and dialogue; and to help participants develop skills that will support their own individual and community goals.” This nuts and bolts approach was addressed in a recent guest post on…

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The Evolution of Street Culture To Fine Art: “You Are Not Banksy”

As a professional anthropologist, my focus is on consumer culture.  That's what I get paid for.  As a sub-set of that, i am particularly passionate about "street" culture:  the cultural conversations and sub-cultures that exist on the ground in areas with more dense populations (like cities) and the dialogues that happen outside of media.  In … Continue reading The Evolution of Street Culture To Fine Art: “You Are Not Banksy”