Really interesting article on Vandalog about the death of Banksy. It would be unrealistic to think Banksy paints all his own art - he just would not have the time, and a big piece would need more than one person to complete. Vandalog goes on to say Banksy even hired sign painters in New York in 2008 to paint rats. So many artists have assistance in creating their work. Some artists complete work already partially created by the artist, while others create whole new pieces for the artist to simply sign. Just look at Andy Warhol and The Factory, where Warhol had teams of people producing his screen prints. It’s reported that Warhol did not even sign many of his pieces, instead an assistant signed them.
Does the use of staff take away from the artwork? Is a piece of art considered less valuable when it’s found to be that of an assistant rather than the artist? Is it the artist who comes up with the concept, or the person who executes it? Some very interesting questions, and by looking at design studios can we answer it? A design agency is made up of many people, but the output will always have the agencies name on it, rather than the individuals who created it. But then a design agency is a brand, and can live on after the founders leave. Has Banksy become a brand? Vandalog goes on to say ”The Banksy brand can continue to create artwork indefinitely with or without the original man behind the name”.
To read the full article head over to the Vandalog website: http://blog.vandalog.com/2011/01/the-death-of-banksy/