In his response paper Eitan mentioned a documentary he watched recently that changed his views towards art in general and towards the art market in particular – the 2010 Exit Through the Gift Shop: A Banksy Film. Directed by street artist Banksy, it tells the story of Thierry Guetta, a French immigrant in LA, and his obsession with street art. One consistent theme in reviews of the work was the authenticity of the film itself: was it just an elaborate ruse on Banksy’s part? See the trailer here.
It’s been on my Netflix queue for a while now – I’ll be watching it this week. Report back in class if you do too.