Toronto show may cost $35, but Steve Lazarides says Banksy would rather art be seen than stored in a basement
It may be put on by some of the biggest names in the promotion world, but the curator of a new exhibit spotlighting the ultra anti-capitalist Banksy insists the artist would prefer his work be on display than stored away in a collector's basement.
So what would the staunchly political artist think of people having to pay to see his work?
And its appeal, says Lazarides, is general too, with what he calls a simple message whose appeal goes beyond "kids in backpacks age 25, working in the graphics industry." The magic of Banksy, he argues, is that you don't need an art degree to understand it.
"I'm really opposed to it because the artist put those pieces on the street in a specific location for a reason. And for the whole population of the city to enjoy," he said.
Including sculpture, screen prints, paintings and even some commercial work done for the music industry, he says the audience can expect "a little bit of everything." And that may well be part of the appeal.