On 18th of January the translation of my PhD thesis (part 1) about Banksy will be published on 18th January 2016, the book on Damien Hirst (part 2) will be published later in 2016.
Tectum Verlag 2016
About the Book:
Bristol born Banksy is usually categorized as a Street
Artist, although his art, in content and form, transcends a narrow
understanding of this term. This publication primarily deals with Banksy
as a contemporary Urban Artist and his relationship with consumer
culture. It examines Banksy not only in light of his illicit work on the
street, but also in regard to his gallery exhibitions. The study
highlights representative works of his art, pieces which demonstrate his
versatility, but also stand for different periods of his oeuvre. This
book presents the first academic study of Banksy’s art in English; with a
history and discussion of the terms Graffiti, Street Art and Urban Art
and a rich array of biographical information. It will be of interest to
academics and the general public as well.
About this Edition of two books:
Artist Banksy and former Young British artist Damien Hirst are two of
the most popular representatives of British contemporary art. Situated
in a triangle of art, consumerism and pop culture their work is among
the most well-known. A systematic academic study of their artistic
viewpoints and references to consumer culture has long been missing, and
Ulrich Blanché is finally closing this gap: He examines Hirst’s and
Banksy‘s art against the background of the London art scene since 1980.
Blanché points out connections to Duchamp, Warhol and Koons, and
reflects on the role of the observer, the meaning of location and,
especially, the references between art, consumer culture and marketing
in their pieces. This two volume edition is the translated and expanded
version of the authors dissertational thesis.