i AM a fan of banksy and a lot of my friends are as well
New Doubts for a Film That Has Truth Issues
By MELENA RYZIK
When “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” the artistic conundrum of a documentary wrapped around the street artist Banksy, opened last year, it spawned more than a few critical essays’ worth of thorny, postmodern questions. Was it a hoax staged by an internationally known cultural prankster or a wry commentary on an overblown art world? Was its putative star, an extravagantly mutton-chopped Frenchman named Thierry Guetta, as crazy as he seemed, or merely crazy like a mutton-chopped fox? Or — wait a minute, was he Banksy? Even as the film has advanced to the documentary shortlist for the Academy Awards, audiences and critics continue to debate whether it’s authentic, or a commentary on authenticity, or both. Or neither. .................
Paranoid PicturesThierry Guetta begins “Exit Throughthe Gift Shop” as a filmmaker then winds up making some of his own street art