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ART ARCHIVES >>> BANKSY vs ROBBO... How it all unfolded on our pages
27th JAN '10: Gathered it all up together in one place  got your amusement...
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25th JAN '10: “Well it looks like game set and match for team Robbo” reports Hookedblog. “While Banksy was off in Utah hitting up the streets with new works to promote the premiere of his “Exit Through the Gift Shop” movie, Team Robbo struck again. Having previously taken out two of the four Banksy Camden canal pieces which appeared over December, they have now completed the set and altered/added to the two remaining pieces”.
      Photographer and blogger Nolions has snapped the two altered Banksy pieces and also written a great piece about this ongoing graff vs streetart beef over on the Graffoto blog. You can read it here
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24th JAN '10: EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP then...  BANKSY’s upcoming film Exit Through The Gift Shop is making it’s official debut at the Sundance film festival, and in the words of Jetset Graffiti, “This one is going to take the world by storm and change street art forever”, Who knows about that, street art is forever changing anyway isn’t? Well some of it? Of has it already changed and become something else? Here’s the You Tube trailer

13th JAN '10: And on it went, my spray can is bigger than your spray can, Robbo vs Banksy down the Camden canal bank having in large with paint and ome more ego. 

Got to laugh at the pair of them, street art? soap opera? next week, handbag stencil?.
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31st Dec '09: And on it rolled some more, who nicked it? Maybe Robbo's gonna flog it to Madonnnnna? who's had it? Is that the end? Just a big hole, who's looking in to it.. Off down the canal for some New Years Eve painting.... or photoshopping? That's an art isn't it? The best way for it to end? it is all over now isn't it? Off thestreets and on to photoshop image manipulation...

Enough now, what would Peter Predergast say about all this? One of the finest of British painters and one of biggest losses of this decade we're about to leave in terms of fine art... 

There's Sissors on the Harrow Road...

30th DEC '09: On rolls the BANKSY vs ROBBO thing some more, The Times have covered it now, same story, bit more coverage of the feud that apparently has been brewing for some time, nothing new to read, interesting to see how this is evolving though, and the comments from Times readers are amusing   - “Richard Brady wrote: I suppose they get Arts Council Grants for this...” 
         Have we had enough of this now? Had we had enough before it started? Is it good to see mainstream newspaper coverage? back to those meta lbirds sitting inthe MuTate trees and those scissors all over West London and those fine Stik figures by Ladbrook Grove tube station, or to see some DORMICE... 
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29th DEC '09: So the BANKSY vs ROBBO thing has made the national newspapers today, The Sun claims an on line exclusive and a headline that reads YOU AEROSOL (dated 29th, days after everyone else had been reporting it, but when did honestly ever get in the way of The Sun’s claims?). The Daily Mail also run with the story, far better piece than The Sun, both scummy newspapers though, never believe a thing either of them say (you knew that already though) ...  So we can expect Robbo tea towels and postcards and Madonna has always been a fan and pop art and did they cook all this up between them? 

Meanwhile more scissors on the street... 

28th DEC '09: And on rolls the BANKSY vs ROBBO fallout, here’s what Revok1 has to say, seems Banksy has annoyed the worldwide graffiti/street art community once more (are they one community?) 

Here’s what Revok1 has to say: "Anybody who has ever done graffiti quickly learns to appreciate the value of a “LANDMARK” -that is, the struggle to get your work to last anywhere in the street. Here in LA if you can get something to run for more than a month it is a achievement worthy of celebration. In London it is possibly more so since the buff is vigilant and very well-funded. One of the “Golden rules” in graffiti is to respect your elders; foremost by not going over them… Particularly in the extremely rare scenario where something has lasted nearly 3 decades (the graffiti equivalent to a UFO sighting) - I would assume Banksy would be aware of this rule, and respect it considering his roots lie in traditional graffiti… Apparently not.

I first came across this story via 12ozPROPHETS twitter courtesy of MARE139’s blog on 12oz… It seems the story has been removed from thar site for some reason. Thats why I am posting it here (on his webpage Revok1.com).

Banksy here went over a ROBBO piece, Robbo was a pioneer of London graffiti in the mid-80’s and he painted this piece in the Regents canal in Camden in 1985. Somehow this piece had managed to stay up all of these last 25 years… That was until Banksy decided to go over it".

Meanwhile there's some Cheap Essential Scenery and a giant windmill that lasted about a week, somewhere in the mid 80's, before another vindictive 'artist' had the thing of beauty burnt down.. That's right, Team Organ, Crunching streetart, 1980's style  Been going on for years this, that and sewing machine violence... 
 

27th DEC '09: The is the latest rather impressive piece in RUB KANDY's Anamorphosis series; can be seen in Rome via the rather good UnURTH site. Street Art with a little bit more thought if you know what I mean, art rather than boys and girls learning to write their name again and again...

26th DEC '09: And there's the original (and now lost) Robbo piece that Banksy (or someone) wallpapered over, or partly wallpapered and let the piece evolve... and then... well then the original piece was totally destroyed by Team Robbo (or somebody) while everyone bitched (via Twittermail and comments left of Flikr) about disrespecting something that looked like... well... none of this is meant to be permanent is it? Not out on streets or underneath canal bridges, what happens next? Does it stay as it is for another twenty years or twenty minutes or... Should these original pieces be left? Who are the street art police? is any of it Cheap Essential Scenery? What about the Jeff Astle is God "street art" is West Bromich? Nevermind all this, who burnt down the windmill? Duster? Lizzie? 
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26th DEC '09: BANKSY vs ROBBO - Christmas day action from deepest London, Christmas day is always an occasion for graffiti writers to make with some seasonal decorative activities. Banksy got his Christmas celebrations in early, as previously reported, by hitting Regents Canal in Camden last weekend. In doing so, he caused uproar among London’s old school graffiti writers. And as the UK Street Art site pointed out, you can get a sense of the outrage by checking the comments on this flickr picture here. Seems there’s some serious outrage rising…You can read the full story and all the bitching and how you can only get to that ledge by water and that's why the original piece has stayed up for so long and how this long running feud and art is what we do to break bread with the dead and the notion of street art and it surviving on yer actual street is surely a contradiction and  ... Anyway, the arguments are all over on Graffoto

 
20th DEC '09:  I DON’T BELIEVE IN GLOBAL WARMING – The work of Bansky, or so say the ever good people over at ART OF THE STATE, who knows what is or isn’t these days. Banksy down by the Union Canal in Camden. Near to his fishing man... Art Of The State is an excellent site that keeps and eye on things Street Art related here in London, well worth following their link encrusted Twitters and here you go www.artofthestate.co.uk. And here’s more of those Art of The State Banksy photos

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