Saving Banksy

Exploring the complexity of opinion around art collector Brian Greif’s attempt to remove and preserve a Banksy street art piece in San Francisco's Mission district, Saving Banksy conveys the exact conversation that people generally have about graffiti art in undergrad humanities classes and at art patron dinner parties. Director Colin Day provides three tiers of interviews: a hodgepodge of assembled graffiti artists, a single philanthropic art collector, and a single German-accented art seller. (The artist interviews run in the neighborhood of, “A lot of people say [Banksy]’s not real. He’s more real than the people saying he’s not real.”) The only subject who comes off well is eloquent London artist Ben Eine, who cagedly admits he might like some of his street art pieces preserved—some day.

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