“Swift, Blake, Beethoven, Christ, Joyce, Kafka, name me a one who has not been thus castrated. Official acceptance is the one unmistakable symptom that salvation is beaten again, and is the one sure sign of fatal misunderstanding, and is the kiss of Judas.” James Agee, who wrote those words, would’ve appreciated the provocative and, as yet, not completely co-opted English graffiti artist Banksi. Anyone who, like Agee, likens official acceptance to a kind of lethal betrayal might want to hurry up and revel in his work if you can find it. Catch the aura before the authorities kill it by, instead of covering it up, start safeguarding its preservation.*

*This, I hear, unfortunately has already begun to happen.

Another fittingly appropriate Agee line: “Every fury on earth has been absorbed in time, as art, or as religion, or as authority in one form or another. The deadliest blow the enemy of the human soul can strike is to do fury honor.” With that, some recent news on the artist. According to the Los Angeles Times, LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is set to host what is considered the first major American survey of street art in its Geffen Contemporary space from June 13th to August 8th, in which Banksy’s work is sure to figure prominently. Don’t worry too much, the Oscar-nominated street artist is reported to have covered the entree fees of all attendees, effectively making the event free to the public. Honor be damned.

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