On the Trail of the Ever Elusive Banksy

By David Schoetz

Apr 27, 2010 11:40am

His graffiti art has made him an international star — except for a simple fact: No one knows who the elusive "Banksy" really is. Well, a few people surely do, but their lips are sealed. His public works, a showcase for political and social themes, fetch a pretty penny in the art market (brokered anonymously through dealers) and have attracted celebrity clientele. They have turned up around the globe, from the West Bank and Sundance, painted over to intense backlash in Melbourne, and most recently, according to local reports, in San Francisco.  Our man in London Nick Watt set out on the trail of Banksy and achieved some success — engaging him, or at least someone claiming on good intelligence to be him, over email. And why not? He's got a movie to publicize, listed as director of the new street art documentary, "Exit Through the Gift Shop." Check out the segment, "Banksy: The Invisible Man" below. Click HERE for a slideshow featuring his work.  

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