showed up in my inbox and it motivated me to finalize my thoughts about Banksy's "EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP."
Was it a hoax?
It doesn't matter!
Either way, it was absolute genius. The ambiguity of it ended up creating so much of a controversy that the film just couldn't be ignored. Whether or not Banksy & the rest intended on achieving that effect, they did, and at the same time they made everybody more conscious of their own individual perception of art. Thus, they'll better appreciate whatever it is they appreciate about whatever art they like.
If you felt manipulated or even if you can't decide whether or not you should feel manipulated, at least you've been made aware of how easily people could, can and are being manipulated not just in the art world but everywhere.
So easily brainwashed...
Aside from the obvious awesomeness of all the rampant street artist footage, the thing I enjoyed most about EXIT was this: Imagine how many pampered socialites had fits of nervous self doubt followed by painful (yet beneficial) realizations as MBW's name gained controversy. The meltdown might have been something like this:
"MBW might not be cool anymore? His street cred is in question? How many people heard me babbling about how brilliant his art is? Is my cool rating going to be affected if all my art "friends" say his art isn't artsy enough? What the fuck makes art good, anyways? All I know is that Angelina Jolie likes Banksy and she has nice cheekbones. Maybe I should just wait and see what she says about EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP and MBW so I know whether or not I still like them and from then on I'll just stay the fuck away from art and artists so that it isn't so painfully obvious that I'm a complete fucking douchebag."
That's enough to make me chuckle and I appreciate anything that might make shallow people dive a little bit deeper into themselves.