Have you heard of this film?
We stumbled across it the other evening, while looking for something to watch on Netflix. I was particularly drawn to the title because I’ve worked on and visited many exhibits that ended in a gift shop. It’s kind of what you do. That’s how you know the exhibit’s over. 🙂
In addition, during our recent trip to The Met, we saw an interesting exhibit featuring the work of John Baldessari (titled John Baldessari: Pure Beauty–more on that later). Anyhow, when we got to the obligatory gift shop at the end, but for some reason, the gift shop was closed. So, we were forced to turn around and backtrack through the exhibit, which irked me for some reason. (It was the Monday after Christmas, a day when the Museum is usually closed and the day after the blizzard, so I think they were short-staffed. So, I got over it.)
So, with that memory in our minds, we were drawn to the title and the film’s description:
Filmmaker Thierry Guetta had been casually documenting the underground world of street art for years, but when he encounters Banksy, an elusive British stencil artist, his project takes a fascinating twist. Unimpressed with Guetta’s footage, Banksy takes over filmmaking duties and Guetta reinvents himself as a street artist named Mr. Brainwash — and, much to Banksy’s surprise, immediately becomes a darling of the Los Angeles art scene. (from Netflix.com)
Whether “Mr. Brainwash” is for real or a creation of Bansky (and others) is only part of the fascination of the film. As someone unfamiliar with street/underground/graffiti art, I found it both intriguing and hilarious.
If you have more than a minute for today’s post, check out a clip from the film:
Also, be sure to check out my friend Josh’s review on facebook.
Have you seen it? What do you think?