Banksy

'Saving Banksy' investigates the tension between the ethos of street art and a desire to preserve it

'Saving Banksy' investigates the tension between the ethos of street art and a desire to preserve it

The road to hell, the saying goes, is paved with the best of intentions, and that is very much the case with the complex art world conundrum explored in the lively, involving documentary “Saving Banksy.”

At first glance, Banksy would seem to be the last person who would need any kind of saving. The biggest name in the street-art universe, blessed with an instantly recognizable style and a savage wit, Banksy is a law unto himself. He even found time to direct “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” a marvelous documentary about what he does.

But Banksy, like other celebrated street impresarios, did in fact need to be saved from a whole list of potential enemies, including jealous...

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