The Easel

The Deal of the Art

Coverage of the shredding of a work by street artist Banksy has varied wildly – Banksy’s philosophical motivation, the value of the shredded work, Sotheby’s suspected collusion. Pragmatically, the linked piece thinks the prank was “an accomplishment”. Why? Because art auctions are “shopping” where there is a “growing displacement of connoisseurship by marketing”.