Wall and Piece

Wall and Piece

by Banksy


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Banksy, Britain's now-legendary "guerilla" street artist, has painted the walls, streets, and bridges of towns and cities throughout the world. Not only did he smuggle his pieces into four of  New York City's major art museums, he's also "hung" his work at London's Tate Gallery and adorned Israel's West Bank barrier with satirical images. Banksy's identity remains unknown, but his work is unmistakable—with prints selling for as much as $45,000.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781844137879
Publisher: Random House UK
Publication date: 04/01/2007
Edition description: New
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 149,383
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

His identity remains unknown, but his work is prolific, and now for the first time, he is putting together the best of his work — old and new in a fully illustrated colour volume.

Banksy, real name unknown, was born in Bristol.

Table of Contents

Monkeys     12
Cops     30
Rats     96
Cows     152
Art     158
Street furniture     208

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Wall and Piece 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Realy creative and inspiring. Even if you don't understand some of the art, it stirs you up in a delightful way!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Banksy has all the answers for the bureaucrats. The placement of his 'art' is extremely thought provoking. The accompanying titles and quotes are equally stimulating - sometimes very funny and sometimes very serious, but always making you think 'why didn't I think of that' or 'I know just what you mean'. The humour can be nothing but British, there is no other like it. If you want something to stimulate your mind and make you do a double take, you must check out this 'wall art' book. This is one of the best books I've 'read' in a long time. Can't wait for more books like this.
m.a.harding on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A naughty boy - or so it seems at first. Thanks to Banksy for the diary excerpt in the 'Manifesto' section.
elenchus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Though street art, so-called, is problematised by media even as the attention helps it encourage some form of examined life, Banksy's works are fresh to me despite coming to me second-hand. I'm not sure he's ever executed a work in Chicago, but he has had several in the US, so there was a formal if never practical opportunity to experience his work directly. So, while I'd heard and read about his work, it was never in-depth, and I didn't have a concrete preconception of what he did prior to picking up this catalogue. The works in Wall and Piece are pointed but almost always humourous, yet do not come across as pretentious. The wide range of imagery as well as range of selected locations (walls and bridges, yes, but also: zoos, livestock, museums, public sculpture) suggest a coherent perspective while avoiding the impression they are driven by a need to achieve notoriety (or a need to maintain it once achieved). And it's clear his work has as much to do with words as with images, perhaps especially when he doesn't use any explicitly. I especially liked his mutations of public service icons: barcodes, municipal codes, traffic signs.I will be looking out for his Exit Through The Gift Shop.
gbsallery on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Witty satirical chronicler of the zeitgeist, or skilled self-publicist who just likes drawing on things? I suspect Banksy of being both, and that combination produces works of brilliance - conveniently collected and lavishly presented in this particular volume.The brief accompanying text is well-written (a couple of spelling mistakes notwithstanding) and very illuminating, providing some context to the creative process - without reducing the air of mystery that surrounds the work. I was expecting the book to be entertaining: indeed, it is one of the few art books which have made me laugh out loud, repeatedly. What I was not prepared for was the emotional range of the works - the pieces in Palestine, combined with the "manifesto" at the end, were surprisingly moving. Thoroughly enjoyable.
adulau on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Banksy, the pseudo-anonymous artist, is gathering all his works in one book. It's an impressive overview of his work and his perception of our society. The text is concise but introduces clear explanation of the various theme used by Banksy like the recurrent appearance of the rats. My favorite part is the rat table introduced in a museum...
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I enjoyed it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
one of the best out there as far as the progression and future of art in graffiti
Guest More than 1 year ago
While his identity might have been revealed recently, this book still showcases the social relevance of Banksy. Part bio, part commentary, and part portfolio, Wall and Piece serves as a great representation of the art Banksy creates and its message.Sometimes humorous; sometimes political; and always relevant, it amazes me how much Banksy has done and where he's done it. While some call him a nuisance and a criminal, I see him as an artist. This book shows some of his famous graffiti, as well as several of the paintings he has slipped into famous art museums. He's painted on everything from walls to animals and created several sculptures; all with a message and all done guerilla style. Aside from the photgraphs in the book, Banksy provides commentary, tips, and biographical information throughout as well.No matter what you label Banksy, Wall and Piece is a great showcase of his art (or whatever negative thing you want to call it).
Guest More than 1 year ago
A collection of several booklets previously impossible to get. Banksy is one of our cultural treasures, even if what he does is considered illegal and distructive by some. His works transcend their medium and his social and political overtones are alternately subtle and hilarious. This is one to keep on the shelf at home.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wall and Piece gives you a peak into this elusive artist. Banksy believes art should be for everyone and not just the elite few. Whether it's writing on public walls or sneaking art into museums. He pokes fun at social issues but also makes you think about what's going in the world beyond your backyard without preaching it to the audience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is truly amazing. Its a must have for any art lover!!!
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I bought this for my husband. He's been a Banksy fan for years. This book was great because it's funny and entertaining. Anyone can pick it up and find Banksy's work humerous or at least interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its hard for me to find a good art book, usually they strike me as boring. But while skimming through this one I saw Mona Lisa with a rocket launcher and was instantly hooked! Banksy is a good writer too, he's very funny and undeniably British! And the pictures never get boring, you can pick this book up after reading it everyday and it will still be as entertaining as the first time! =]
JohnnyFever More than 1 year ago
Many people in England and Australia are familiar with the works of the stencil artist Banksy, though to this day only a handful of people know who he really is. Although his style is now copied worldwide, this book shows many of the images that first brought this thought provoking artist to our attention. While he may choose to use urban structures as his canvas, this is not to be confused with graffiti. Not the mindless "tagging" or "paint bombing" that is an urban blight. This is an evolved art form with a statement much more profound than just "I was here". Politics, environment, media, social issues, race, gender and sexuality, these are this ideas Banksy wants you to think about. His message is serious but often veiled in biting humor. And while done in less than 4 minutes under cover of darkness, the works draw attention to ideas that need to be said out loud. And of course, some are done just for pure fun. A very interesting look at the leader in an art form I hope becomes more acceptable than its neanderthal relations.