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Underground acclaim and art-world infamy have characterized the almost decade-long career of Britain’s elusive Banksy. With precision-sharp wit, skill and humor, Banksy makes politically conscious graffiti—work that blows most street art out of the water. Second only to his aggressively anti-capitalist, satirical message is an obsession with calling out the art world’s excess and emptiness, going so far as sneaking his own artwork into museums all over the world.
Many tout his fame, while others call him a fraud. Time will tell the truth of Banksy, but fantasy sells, and his success certainly isn’t hurt by the mystery of his true identity.