Exit Through the Gift Shop


So I know I'm a little late with this post.  This documentary came out in April and the hype has come and gone.  But with it being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary, I decided it was due time to watch it.  If you haven't seen it, you should.  Whether you're a fan of art or not, it's a pretty good documentary and there is a lot of "wow" moments throughout.

What really fascinated me about this film is all of the speculation over its story.  Is it a hoax?  The second half is a complete 180 from the first, with the instant evolution of MBW - Mr. Brainwash.  It's easy to believe that it could be a "prankumentary" but I honestly think that just makes it all that much cooler.  

Have you seen it? Do you think it's a hoax?    

PS - check out Anna-Maria's awesome Banksy post here.

13 comments:

Erika Lee Sears February 1, 2011 at 1:22 PM  

Well I know the guy has done some art work for some major celebs :) So maybe its a hoax within a hoax.

Mo Pie, Please February 1, 2011 at 1:27 PM  

A hoax within a hoax - I like it.

la petite coquine February 1, 2011 at 1:38 PM  

I'm a little embarrassed to admit I haven't heard about this film-absolutely going on my Netflix queue now, though!

Ren- Lady Of The Arts February 1, 2011 at 1:52 PM  

Yes- My husband and I went to see it at the Roxy in SF- it was fantastic-

Dancing Branflake February 1, 2011 at 3:01 PM  

I haven't heard of this before. I am so out of the loop- or I was. Thanks for letting me know!

City Girl Chicago February 1, 2011 at 3:22 PM  

I was (well, and still am) planning a post on this movie, as we just watched it recently also. I think it's Banksy as a mastermind putting us all through a hoax... a statement on the way art becomes regarded as art... think about it ;)

Isabel February 1, 2011 at 3:25 PM  

id never even heard of it. illhave to check it out

Isabel @ Walk of Fashion

Mo Pie, Please February 1, 2011 at 3:40 PM  

CGC - I really like your theory. A lot.

jeanette from everton terrace February 1, 2011 at 4:40 PM  

I've never even heard of it. Was kind of out of the movie loop for most of last year - a first for me.

Oh, My Darling February 1, 2011 at 5:09 PM  

Ooh, I've had this on my Netflix queue for a bit -- you've inspired me to put it at the top.

SAMI. February 2, 2011 at 4:17 PM  

i watched this recently too! it was pretty unbelievable how the guy made so much money from copying all of the real artists! i don't think it's a hoax!

xo
sami

Joanna February 2, 2011 at 5:53 PM  

My boyfriend and a friend were JUST talking about this documentary last night. I feel so out of it because I had no idea what they were talking about. I officially have to see it now because what I've seen of the artwork is nothing short of amazing.

Gloria February 3, 2011 at 3:35 PM  

this movie was totally fascinating! there's actually a solo exhibit opening for mr. brainwash this month in nyc - really hoping i get to check it out :-)

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