“Exit Through the Gift Shop” has to be a Bansky’s joke! A good one, of course. Probably Thierry Guetta really was an amateur filmmaker, but I can’t see Mr. Brainwash than a Bansky’s long-term prank. Is there a better way to criticize the world of art than really showing and proving its incredible stupidity? And what would be the icing on the cake? To get the icing on the cake of this questionable art system: an Oscar.
Analyzing it as a film, Exit Through the Gift Shop is like any other documentary we can find on tv, but as a reflection or mirror of our time and society, it has a great value. Shepard Fairey seems to work as the touch of authenticity as famous people like Susan Sontag, Saul Bellow and others did in Woody Allen’s Zelig. Of course Zelig was an assumed “joke”, but if an unknown had played him, there would be people believing it. Someone who asks if Bansky found those Lady Di £10 notes would be naïve enough to be in a documentary that laughs on him, but would be smart enough to know how to make so much success? Well, what’s success and art anyway?
As someone said, maybe reality is so unbelievable that we prefer to believe in fiction. It’s hard to buy the idea of an “artist” who not only copies famous street artists but literally copies Andy Warhol’s icons, sells successfully, however, that really happened. Madonna (who else?) has an album cover designed by him. As original as Mickey Mouse. The cover and her choice as well.
Shall we get a Campbell’s soup for dinner?