"Think outside the box, collapse the box, and take a fucking sharp knife to it" - Banksy
“A lot of people never use their initiative because no-one told them to.” ― Banksy
Art is defined as the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power. While most individuals use art to express the beauty they see in the world. Very few individuals use their artwork to elicit emotional responses. One of which goes by the street name Banksy,
“A wall is a very big weapon. It's one of the nastiest things you can hit someone with.” ― Banksy, Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall
Banksy is an England-based graffiti artist and his works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities. His pieces look to force individuals to have a visual realization of what is happening in the world. Banksy removes viewers ability to side step important topics which we do not like to discuss. By 2002, his artwork was gaining popularity, seven years later his artwork is worth up to $500,000.
If that is the case, where these pieces of work are meant to be social statements and radical movement specifically meant for the public, to raise public awareness. Then is it right for individuals to steal these art pieces and try to sell them to private buyers? Even if that means that the piece will vanish in some way, whether it be from natural deterioration or from the building being demolished? Is it not like stealing from the church collection? Something meant to belong to a group of people, instead of just one? Is it not stealing from the entire community in a way?
“Become good at cheating and you never need to become good at anything else.” ― Banksy, Wall and Piece
That is what can be seen in the Netflix documentary, "How to Sell a Banksy". The theft from a community, for the profit of an individual. One of Banksy's most common theme in his artworks. One of the very main reasons for hos artwork, one of the very things he stands against.