Wall and Piece

Wall and Piece

Banksy, Britain's now-legendary "guerilla" street artist, has painted the walls, streets, and bridges of towns and cities throughout the world. Not only did he smuggle his pieces into four of New York City's major art museums, he's also "hung" his work at London's Tate Gallery and adorned Israel's West Bank barrier with satirical images. Banksy's identity remains unknown, Banksy, Britain's now-legendary "guerilla" street artist, has painted the walls, streets, and bridges of towns and cities ...

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Title:Wall and Piece
Author:Banksy
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Genres:Art
ISBN:Wall and Piece
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:240 pages pages

Wall and Piece Reviews

  • Keith
    Jan 21, 2009
    British graffiti, guerilla installation, etc. artist's book of documented works and quotes. It's great fun for anyone with a bit of an anarchist bent to their personality. Even if, for some reason, you strongly disapprove of graffiti, you gotta admit Banksy's stuff is pretty cool (I th...
  • Rebecca
    Oct 31, 2012
    An art book that probably hates that it's an art book. Of note: "There's no way you're going to get a quote from us to use on your book cover" --Metropolitan Police spokesperson, quoted on back cover "Copyright is for losers" --copyright page "Despite what they say graffiti is...
  • abatage
    May 27, 2012
    Anyone who has a passing interest in street art will have heard of Banksy and the work he has done. In fact, so many people are aware of his work that it gets a little annoying from time to time, as it becomes a badge of honour for some people. To the point that I was getting sick and ...
  • Trevor
    May 30, 2013
    I loved this. Particularly this ...
  • Jamie
    Aug 01, 2011
    ?Nobody ever listened to me until they didn?t know who I was.? When I lived in LA a few years ago, I went to a downtown warehouse after receiving a text message with the address. Banksy was in town, and in true clandestine fashion, the location of his show was a secret until j...
  • Kirsti
    Jan 17, 2011
    In 2003, Banksy donated one of his artworks to the Tate Gallery in London. The thing is, the Tate Gallery hadn't actually asked for anything of his. He just walked in (or had a friend walk in, or had a member of the collective walk in--Banksy's true identity is uncertain) and stuck it ...
  • Maggie Stiefvater
    May 09, 2010
    Like many people, I just find the story of Banksy -- a sort of artist Robin Hood -- incredibly compelling. In my head this most elusive of graffiti artists looks like Sean Bean and drives a Lotus Elan or something like that. This book spares the words and lavishes the photographs, lett...
  • Mon
    Nov 21, 2010
    Disclaimer: Haters are not cool. I'm not 'hating' Banksy because it's the hipster thing to do (go grab an art school undergrad, you'll see what I mean). One problem with reviewing solo-artist art book is that you can't avoid talking about the actual artist, so here it is. I can't even ...
  • Manny
    Jun 26, 2013
    I noticed this yesterday in the window of a bookshop on the Route de Carouge. The translator has found quite a clever way of rendering the title: War and Peace in French is Guerre et paix, and "paix" sounds similar to "spray". The odd thing is that he's done it by moving the pun from "...
  • Manny
    Mar 26, 2009
    Everyone in Britain knows Banksy, but I'm often surprised to find that my US friends haven't heard of him. He's one of the funniest artists around, and has taken graffiti to a completely new level. The paintings and installations just turn up, in the most unlikely places. Here's one of...
  • Linda
    Sep 17, 2017
    I'm not always on board with Banksy's peaceful anarchy philosophy. I was a bit horrified to find he defaced actual paintings in museums. Still, I find most of his work brilliant and provocative, and I love his sense of humor and whimsy as he artfully conveys his messages. I thoroughly ...
  • Bryce Holt
    Dec 21, 2009
    Banksy is the most original artist (or potentially "artists"...) living today. Screw Matthew Barney's "Cremaster" series and all the Rothko and Rauschenberg nonsense some of the more effete curators shove down your throats. This is art at its most emotional and provocative, and it's in...
  • H
    Aug 02, 2009
    Provocative and clever, but I would argue ultimately vapid. Something like an underground cultural icon for urban youth today. I only see three basic techniques or themes in his methods: Irony. Soldiers painting peace signs, zoo monkeys holding homeless signs, traffic signs warning ...
  • Pheobe
    Jul 10, 2009
    The first time I heard of Banksy was on this website. I gathered from the summary and people's reviews that, more or less, HE was worth the read, if not the book itself. I love art, it's my vessel to any interpretation I choose to have, and if you truly love art, there are no lines...
  • notgettingenough
    Mar 14, 2010
    Added later: I found it quite moving, his description of being drawn to graffiti the outside of the walls imprisoning the Palestinians and being told off in no uncertain terms by the inhabitants. To beautify the walls is to insult them. Of course. Obvious when you think of it. -----...
  • Sara Alaee
    Mar 13, 2015
    This book is a collection of Graffitis that ?Banksy? - one of the world?s most famous street artists - has painted on walls, streets, bridges and many other open places throughout the world. Quite amazing and artistic. (To know what graffiti is, the following lines give the best ...
  • Amir
    Jul 30, 2016
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  • Rob
    Sep 22, 2010
    I love Banksy's artwork, and this was collection displays it very well. He's a brilliant man with a paint can, and a clever writer as well. I would recommend this book to anyone not familiar with his work. A few quotes of his I enjoyed were: Some people represent authority without e...
  • Emily (Falling for YA)
    Jan 17, 2015
    This was a coffee table-esque book. It was primarily pictures of Banksy's pieces. Some I had seen before, some I hadn't. Still, I love the work Banksy does and thoroughly enjoyed this book. I ended up reading it while sitting next to my Mom and she kept looking over my shoulder when...
  • Rick Christiansen
    Jul 23, 2011
    This is an art book, but here some of my favorite quotes: "Despite what they say graffitti is not the lowest form of art...it's actually one of the more honest forms available. A wall has always been the best place to publish your work. A lot of people never use their initiati...
  • Matthew
    Feb 13, 2012
    Banksy is clever without being deep, adventurous without being ground-breaking, and quite possibly the best known visual artist active in the world without being extremely talented. He's against the global soulless corporate machine, but his art is by nature a quick hit, the artistic e...
  • Matt
    Feb 23, 2014
    There are two kinds of people in this world: those who know the work of Banksy, and those who should. I recommend this book to both. I think this quote from the back cover says a lot about Banksy: "There's no way you're going to get a quote from us on your book cover...
  • Hasan Makhzoum
    Nov 15, 2016
    During my studies at the Law school, I came across this poetic expression in a boring document about the administrative decentralization in the EU: The world is like your home, except that it has few more walls.. To me, the essence of Banksy's art incarnates this quote for it humani...
  • Nat
    Sep 02, 2016
    After seeing this next post on Tumblr, I simply had to add this book to my TBR. ?A wall has always been the best place to publish your work.? I was looking for something to lift my spirits a bit, and thank the stars for sending this piece of art in my direction. Wall and P...
  • Jonathan Ashleigh
    Oct 07, 2014
    ?Imagine a city where graffiti wasn't illegal, a city where everybody could draw whatever they liked. Where every street was awash with a million colours and little phrases. Where standing at a bus stop was never boring. A city that felt like a party where everyone was invited, not j...
  • Luís C.
    Aug 20, 2014
    I read this book after watching the video "Make the wall" that I had already found excellent. It's amazing. I don't like artists who are content with a work of form, aesthetics. For me the art must also be social, I like the sentence of Ren Char "what comes to the world so as not t...
  • Rupert Dreyfus
    Sep 21, 2015
    There are many great stencilists in this world (Orion and Fairey come to mind), but Banksy is up there with the best of them. Some people enjoy hating on him because he makes loads of money out of stencilling these days and his messages are sometimes vaguely anti-establishment. I remem...
  • Jon(athan) Nakapalau
    May 19, 2017
    Thought provoking and powerful - a tour de force of the absurdity that has become institutionalized in our modern world. ...
  • Jane
    Jun 16, 2018
    Thought provoking.... ...
  • 7jane
    Dec 06, 2017
    (my copy has the "now with 10% more crap" red sticker in the lower right corner) This book holds examples of graffiti/stencil artist Banksy, from 2001 to 2006, which aren't always on walls, and not always just with paint :) Sometimes it's just his name. Often the photographs have in...