If you were a creator of a revolutionary painting or a mural in the midst of New York City, how would you feel if it was stolen from you? What would you do if someone took something you have worked hard to create, mold, and invent and sold it just to fill their pockets?
Art is property. It is just as personal as the home or vehicle you might own, if not more! The invention of art requires loads of intellect, inventiveness, innovation, and imagination. What right does that give the non-artist to make profit off of art that is not theirs?
Art should therefore be protected in the interest of the artist because they should be the ones handling their works, not others. If people would recognize the value in preserving the name of artists and respecting them, then perhaps art would be something more people would appreciate.
What makes art valuable is a mixture of the impact that the artist had on his or her audience and the effort and intricacy they put into making such a piece. People also value art in a different way: for its authenticity. In “How to Sell a Banksy”, Christopher Thompson lifts from a London bridge a piece of street art by Britain’s most famous artist, Banksy, and attempts to sell it. However, he runs into problems with “Pest Control” and the art was not able to be being authenticated. This complicated the selling process.
This shows that people want to make sure that they are buying art that is real. The fact that people have to question whether or not something is authentic or not is disrespectful to the artist! Someone recreating art that is not theirs shouldn’t even be a possibility! No one should ever try to recreate art that is so irreplaceable. There should never be a price set for a piece that was dear and special to an artist because it is unkind and unfair. All art should be valued equally and appreciated for the feelings and intents from which it was created.
Stealing art has been happening all through out history, as shown in “Raiders of Lost Art”. The Monuments Men held the vision to preserve the culture and art of Europe as the Nazis embezzled their achievements. The art they saved was worth the sacrifice of using military resources and risking lives because protecting your culture and identity is your duty. Refusing to do so is disrespectful to where you come from.
Taking art, something so irreplaceable, from its rightful place and selling it for profit is wrong. It would be one thing if that was what to artist intended. But for people like Christopher Thompson to lift street art, destroy it, and then try to sell it a violation to the artist’s mission.
"Raiders of the Lost Art" Season 1 Episode 4 (Netflix)
"How to Sell a Banksy" - Movie Documentary (Netflix)