12/22/2004: "Laughing all the way to the Banksy?"
My mother bought herself a Banksy print for Christmas. She's got her eye on another one; Christ on the cross clutching christmas shopping bags in his hands.
I'm tempted to buy it for her, but I've got a nagging feeling that in doing so I'd be part of a Banksy joke; the middle class buying art-war artwork. A capitalist buying an anti-capitalist message.
Also, I don't know if her interpretation of the piece - is this what it's all about? - is what the artist intended. Perhaps that's not important, though.
Anyone think I'm right? Or should I take the view that it's for my mother and, perhaps, I'm helping to fund more messages to make people think.
FWIW the place it's on sale has an original Banksy for £12,000. THe Christ print is nowhere near that, but I thought I'd put the whole 'art as commodity' thing into context.