Banksy Mocks Double Standards In Art World After His Anonymous Piece Is Declined
By Mikelle Leow, 12 Jun 2018
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Elusive street artist Banksy has proven that, unfortunately, a creative’s work might not be judged by their talent but by their name.
Renowned for his controversial paintings that mysteriously pop up overnight, the artist recently took to Instagram to share an account of how one of his Brexit pieces was rejected by the Royal Academy of Arts for its summer exhibition after he submitted it using another pen name.
“I entered an early version of this into the RA summer exhibition under the pseudonym ‘Bryan S Gaakman’—an anagram of ‘Banksy Anagram’. It was refused.”
He was then approached by Grayson Perry, an organizer of the exhibition, to contribute something for the event. Banksy “sent it again.” Ironically, it was approved.
“It’s now hanging in gallery three,” the artist recounted.
Fans have replied by describing how they resonated with the experience. “How is it that we humans can’t resist judging a book by its cover?” asked ‘justginah’. Another user, ‘ronald__reeves’, lamented, “This is a gross story about the state of the high brow art world.”
Others have defended the academy, suggesting that it might have assumed the artwork was created by a Banksy copycat, and thus turned it down.
Either way, Banksy has once again sparked an important conversation through one of his masterpieces, albeit in a roundabout manner this time.
. I entered an early version of this into the RA summer exhibition under the pseudonym Bryan S Gaakman - an anagram of 'banksy anagram'. It was refused. Then a month later I got a mail from the co-ordinator Grayson Perry asking me to submit something so I sent it again. It’s now hanging in gallery 3.
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