Spotlight on Banksy: Artistic Exploits and More with Dr. Alison Bracker

Spotlight on Banksy: Artistic Exploits and More with Dr. Alison Bracker


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The elusive British artist who calls himself Banksy takes art to the streets, fascinating locals and international art lovers alike. The world's press follows his endeavors and the ever-rising prices his works attract at auction. Although his identity remains a secret, there is no disguising his impact on contemporary art.

Banksy's street art merges incisive social observation, unmistakable and potent imagery, and, often, site-specificity to spark cultural dialogue and promote peaceful dissent. Inspired by the French street artist Blek le Rat both visually and in his commitment to taking art to the streets, Banksy has brought urban art to global attention.

Led by art historian and contemporary art expert Dr. Alison Bracker, this conversation explores Banksy's beginnings, current practice, and roles as commentator and provocateur. We'll discover how this internationally-successful artist strives to remain faithful to his underground roots and consider how his commercial and critical success has impacted local communities. Designed to inform curiosity and future travels, participants will come away with increased insight into one of the most celebrated yet unknowable artists of our time.

For additional information about this Context series of Artist Spotlights, please click here.

Dr. Alison Bracker is an independent art historian specializing in the conservation of unusual materials in contemporary art. She co-edited Conservation: Principles, Dilemmas, and Uncomfortable Truths (Elsevier, 2009), praised as "one of the most significant books in the field of heritage conservation." Additionally, she has interviewed over 100 artists, curators, museum directors, and conservators about the ethics and issues arising from contemporary art conservation. Dr. Bracker also lectures and publishes on modern and contemporary artists more broadly, including Hugo Wilson, Lenz Geerk, Ai Weiwei, Anselm Kiefer, Édouard Manet, and David Hockney. Having spent her childhood in Los Angeles, she lived and worked in England for 25 years before settling in Nice, France.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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