The mysterious graffiti artist Banksy is thought to be back in LA these days leading up to the 83rd annual Academy Awards happening in Hollywood, CA at the end of the month. As you may or may not know, Banksy‘s film Exit Through the Gift Shop is nominated for the Best Documentary Oscar and after a couple of Banksy-like pieces of street art have surfaced here in town, it is widely believed that Banksy is in town to liven up the place ahead of the Academy Awards show next week. Pink reader Sarah sends in a photo of a believed Banksy piece that showed up in Westwood, CA this week.
Sarah tells me that this graffiti can be found on an alley wall off of Kinross between Westwood and Glendon. Additionally, a huge art piece believed to be created by either Banksy or his protegee Mr. Brainwash showed up on La Brea in Los Angeles, CA just a couple of days after the Academy Award nominations were announced last month. LAist reports:
With Exit Through the Gift Shop (aka the Banksy movie) getting a Best Documentary Oscar nomination in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, in the wee hours one morning a few days later this large piece of street art showed up on La Brea at San Vicente, in the oft-used Mr. Brainwash space. There is, indeed, a Mr Brainwash signature next to the giant hoodie-shrouded Oscar statuette (at the end of a sidewalk red carpet, no less) and some showbiz-y busied Storm Troopers hanging around–err…hovering around from above, too. This new work raises a few questions: Is this Mr. Brainwash’s way of getting ready for the media frenzy of the Academy Awards? If Gift Shop wins, who will go onstage to accept? And…is Mr. Brainwash really Banksy?
I absolutely LOVED Exit Through the Gift Shop and I would LOVE if it won the Academy Award. I’d be really interested to see who will show up to accept the award if the documentary wins. It’s kinda crazy how “big” Banksy has gotten and it really blows my mind to think that a pop art graffiti artist may become an Academy Award-winning filmmaker in just a few days. Much love goes out to Sarah for sharing her photo with us … and I guess we’ll have to keep our eyes peeled to see if any other Banksy art pieces go on display here on the streets of LA.
[Source, thanks Sarah]