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[NEWS] Five culture links: conspiracies, Greater New England, Caribbean Hakka, Banksy, Aokigahara

  • This feature in The Guardian examines the sufferings of the people who have been made victims of conspiracy theories.
  • Global News takes a look at the strong support of New Brunswickers for the New England Patriots, rooted in a historical community that surely extends to the rest of Atlantic Canada.
  • Atlas Obscura examines the communities being knitted together across the world by North American immigrants from the Caribbean of at least partial Hakka descent.
  • The Guardian notes how, for many property-owners and residents, having Banksy graffiti on one of their walls might not be a blessing at all.
  • The Japan Times looks at how a gatekeeper in the infamous Aokigahara forest in Japan, a favoured destination of people planning suicide, is trying to inspire them to live.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly talks about two days recently spent in Washington D.C. I would like to go there myself, I think, and for more than a quick bus transfer in the night.
  • Crooked Timber considers what the upper classes of the United States are getting from the new tax cuts.
  • Daily JSTOR considers the ethics of having the art of Banksy displayed in the occupied West Bank. Is it ethical?
  • Far Outliers notes the impact of missionary organizations on the US Peace Corps.
  • The Frailest Thing’s Michael Sacasas notes that the “we” used in talk about technology does not include everyone, that it is a selective “we.”
  • Imageo shares satellite imagery of the Arctic suggesting this winter in North America will be a harsh one.
  • Language Hat links to an article noting the dialect of English that refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos have developed.
  • The LRB Blog shares a report of a visit to the Estonian National Museum, and a reflection on the mythology of nationhood.
  • Marginal Revolution links to a paper claiming legalized abortion, not birth control, played the leading role in the emancipation of American women.
  • The NYR Daily notes the cult of personality surrounding Obama.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer wonders what happened to the Afro-Argentines, numerous until the 19th century.
  • Drew Rowsome notes a reading of the classic gay Canadian play Fortune and Men’s Eyes, scheduled for the 11th at Buddies in Bad Times.
  • Window on Eurasia links to a scholarly examination of the Soviet annexation of once-independent Tannu Tuva, back in 1944.

[URBAN NOTE] “Banksy artwork restored as public art in pedestrian walkway “

CBC News’ Adrian Cheung notes that a piece of local graffiti by Banksy, Guard with Balloon Dog, is now a public art installation downtown near One York Street.

Artwork by the British street artist Banksy, which once graced the facade of a Toronto building, is now on display as a public art piece in the PATH, Toronto’s Downtown Pedestrian Walkway, next to One York Street north of Harbour Street.

A Toronto developer that salvaged the artwork, Guard with Balloon Dog, unveiled it on Monday. The artwork features a male figure, dressed in a law enforcement uniform, holding the leash of a pink balloon dog that is muzzled.

The artwork, independently appraised at $850,000 US, has been in storage since December 2014, when the developer, Menkes Development Ltd., decided it should be given new life and put back on display.

Banksy, whose identity has never been confirmed, drew several pieces on Toronto buildings during a 2010 tour of his documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop. Only two pieces of his artwork remain — the one now displayed at One York and another in an alleyway near The Esplanade.

“It was originally for the public and we thought ‘Why not save it? Why not give it back to the public?’ And that’s what we’ve done here,” Jared Menkes, vice-president at Menkes, said Monday.

Written by Randy McDonald

February 13, 2017 at 9:00 pm

[LINK] On the consequences of the identification of Banksy

Bloomberg’s Polly Mosendz reports on the likely identification of the artist known anoymously as Banksy for the value of Banksy’s work.

An ominous phalanx of helicopters is bristling with weapons, the lead chopper looming—and wearing a pink bow.

Auctioneers expect this little graffito, stenciled on a construction site in central London, to bring as much as $180,000 at a sale next month hosted by Julien’s in Los Angeles. It’s by Banksy, whose work is poised to fetch even higher prices now that a scientific study is out supporting a theory of the anonymous street artist’s identity.

Active since the 1990’s, Banksy has never revealed himself or herself despite widespread speculation centering on Robin Gunningham, described by a British tabloid as a middle-aged man living in or near London.

“It turns out Robin Gunningham is a very good fit,” said Kim Rossmo, a professor of criminology at Texas State University who worked on the study, published March 3 in the Journal of Spatial Science. “Does that prove he’s Banksy? No, not at all. But if it was a criminal investigation, we would say, ‘Go talk to this guy first.’”

Regardless, the publicity could jack up the value of Banksy’s work.

“I think when he’s found out, and if this really is him, his prices will not only be solid, but they will go higher,” said Darren Julien, founder of Julien’s Auctions, which has sold over 50 of Banksy’s works. Julien said Banksy prices could rise 20 to 40 percent this year.

Written by Randy McDonald

March 11, 2016 at 8:36 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Banksy’s in town

Torontoist broke the news that the famous British street artist, Banksy, is in Toronto.

Originally uploaded by Aaron Forster

Three new pieces in Banksy’s distinctive style have popped up on walls in Toronto over the past two days: one’s near Trinity Bellwoods Park, another’s near Union Station, and a final one’s around the Rogers Centre. (We’ve been asked to keep the exact locations private, lest “bad intentions” lead to them being chipped away and sold.)

Simon Cole, director of Show & Tell Gallery and something of a graffiti expert, is himself convinced that the three are the real thing—”I have it on really good word,” he says, that they are[.] We hear, too, that Banksy is currently in town to coincide with the launch of his film, Exit Through the Gift Shop. Of course, we can’t phone the man himself up to confirm that the pieces are legit, but we’ve got a pretty big hunch that they are.

CBC provided confirmation.

Banksy was in Toronto for the opening of the film Exit Through the Gift Shop, a documentary in which he appears in disguise.

The reclusive British artist does not want to reveal his identity, because his art is created under cover of night in public spaces.

The Show & Tell Gallery in Toronto reported three images in Banksy’s distinctive style that showed up over the weekend.

On Monday, his publicist confirmed via e-mail that the images were his.

Banksy’s film, Exit Through the Gift Shop, is not (thanks sophistikat) being released at Toronto’s Hot Docs festival. Popmatters’ one-sentence summary— “[T]he question he raises here—is there a difference between real and perceived power?—is quietly, brilliantly deconstructed in Exit Through the Gift Shop.”–makes the film sound pretty interesting.

Banksy Spectators
Originally uploaded by lips of crimson

Written by Randy McDonald

May 13, 2010 at 9:48 am