Fake Glasgow Banksy's patriotic rodent is graffiti, not art, market forces decree – Scotsman comment

After deciding graffiti thought to have been by Banksy is not ‘genuine’, Glasgow City Council is to remove it

When is graffiti a scourge of society and when is it a work of art to be cherished? It appears that, according to Glasgow council, the answer can be found in a simple question: “Was it by Banksy?”

An ‘unauthorised’ painting off Buchanan Street – of a rodent wearing a Union Jack hat and playing a drum inscribed with the words “God save the King” – is to be removed after it was established it was not “genuine”, ie that it was not by Banksy, whose art is currently on display at the nearby Gallery of Modern Art.

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The work by the mysterious ‘Glasgow Banksy’ (Ganksy? Glanksy? Bankswegian?) will be no more. However, given his graffiti had already been graffitied over itself, this may not be such a loss.

Some may be outraged, decrying the council as philistines only interested in art’s financial value. However, market forces can provide a rational way to make such decisions: art that’s liked by enough people becomes valuable and so is saved; work that is not, particularly of the guerilla variety, takes its chances.



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