Banksy is… on tv?
By The Art Newspaper. From In The Frame
Published online: 06 September 2012
One of our favourite television shows on right now—no it’s not Gallery Girls—is White Collar, a crime-busting comic romp featuring a dashing forger and conman who now works with the FBI to catch art criminals. The cases usually focus on old masters and antiquities but recent episodes have seen the detective team dip into modern and contemporary art. So, it was with a nod of recognition that we watched this week’s episode, where the art-thief-turned-FBI-consultant Neal Caffrey pretended to be the anonymous street artist Banksy in order to get exclusive access to a high-end gallery as part of a heist. Fortunately, the show’s writers did their research, and the black-stencilled graffito left on the gallery’s wall was a passable imitation of Banksy’s ironic style.
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