Is it a painting? Or, is it now a piece of conceptual art? Or should it be classified as a sculpture? Or is it rubbish?
Duchamp would say it is up to you to decide.
My view? It is art. Made by an artist who many don’t rate but I do. Why? Because he has something to say.
You might not agree with him, but at least he is making art that penetrates the public consciousness; art that is in the world, not detached from it; art that raises questions that need an airing.
Banksy makes art that, as Hamlet said, holds “…the mirror up to nature: to show virtue her feature, scorn her own image, and the very age and body of the time his form and pressure.”
And what artwork better captures the spirit of our times than Love is in the Bin? I can’t think of one.
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