Banksy's Art Will Provoke You

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• Banksy is the pseudonym for the anti-commercial and highly-secretive British artist and activist whose satirical street graffiti and mashups have appeared sporadically in England, New York, Los Angeles (placing a Gitmo-prisoner replica at Disneyland) and the West Bank. 

• Below: Watch and listen to "Sirens of the Lambs" heading for slaughter from Banksy's 2013 stay in New York City.

• Below: Banksy art in the West Bank:

• Below: Banksy's edgy opening couch gag for a 2010 Simpsons episode, depicting beyond-the-pale sweatshops churning out animation cels and merchandise. "According to Banksy, the storyboard ‘led to delays, disputes over broadcast standards and a threatened walkout by the (Korean) animation department.’ Executive director Al Jean jokingly said, ‘This is what you get when you outsource.’ "

• Below: Banksy added the Nazi officer to the $50 scenic print, then secretly returned it to the NYC Housing Works thrift store. After Banksy identified himself online as the embellisher, the store reportedly auctioned the painting for $615,000. 

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• Below: Banksy "unmasked" in Jamaica according to, which reports he was born in 1974 and that "a network of myths has grown up around him. That his real name is Robin Banks. That he used to be a butcher ... that Banksy is actually a collective of artists and doesn't exist at all."

• Below: For really curious fans, watch this 10-minute tour of Banksy's show at his hometown Bristol (England) Museum. We love the bizarre animatronic dioramas featuring a cosmetics-testing bunny, chirping McNuggets chicks and swimming fish sticks. Overlook the so-so production values. Suggest full screen for details.  

• “Known for his contempt for the government in labelling graffiti as vandalism … Banksy does not sell photographs or reproductions of his street graffiti."

 • Banksy's first film, "Exit Through the Gift Shop," billed as "the world's first street art disaster movie," was nominated for the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary.

• Banksy was named “Person of the Year” at the 2014 Webby Awards for the online presentation of his month-long “Better Out Than In” performance in New York in October 2013 — creating a surprising new piece of public art each day for a month.  

• Animated Banksy art at top by Fizzdom. Additional sources: wikipedia; artist Patrick Mclynn who turned us on to Banksy years ago.