Banksy (Hardcover)

Banksy By Alessandra Mattanza, John Brandler (Contributions by) Cover Image

Banksy (Hardcover)

By Alessandra Mattanza, John Brandler (Contributions by)


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The most wide-ranging and up-to-date volume available on the enigmatic and controversial graffiti artist, this deeply researched and highly personal tribute explores how Banksy continues to defy accepted wisdom about artistic success, growing only more famous and powerful even as he sticks to his anti-establishment platform and to his mission to give a voice to the voiceless.


Accompanied by stunning full-page, full-color reproductions and photographs of works in situ—including many that have been lost to time­–photographer and street art expert Alessandra Mattanza’s impassioned and informed text follows Banksy’s career trajectory from creator of message-laden stencils on London’s city walls to a sought-after champion of human and environmental rights. She investigates many of the key images that populate Banksy’s work—animals, children, historic figures, balloons, cartoon characters, police officers, and others. She shows how Banksy’s oeuvre has expanded beyond graffiti and stenciling and how his art has helped support his activism in a variety of causes—from calls for peace in the Middle East to the preservation of the natural environment. Best of all she helps readers make sense of the rather unusual path Banksy has chosen—an artist who uses his global platform to raise awareness about the underserved, rather than to his own celebrity. Readers will come away with a new understanding of how Banksy helped transform an illegal act of criminal damage into a high art form, and how, by ridiculing institutionalized art, he has achieved enormous fame within those very institutions.
Alessandra Mattanza is an author, screenwriter, and photographer. She currently works as a foreign correspondent, contributor, and editor for several publishers in Italy and Germany, and is the author of Street Art: Famous Artists Talk About Their Vision.
Product Details ISBN: 9783791388243
ISBN-10: 379138824X
Publisher: Prestel
Publication Date: February 15th, 2022
Pages: 240
Language: English