Sunday, March 30, 2008


Originally uploaded by Herschell Hershey
Mark Wallinger won the Turner Prize in 2007 for dressing up as a bear and re-creating Brian Haw's Parliament Square peace protest. The protest, which was seized by the police, included this painting by Banksy, though nobody at the Tate could tell me whether the version in Wallinger's re-created version was by Banksy, or Wallinger. Whatever: I got reprimanded for taking a photo of it, which illustrates how art changes into something precious and remote as soon as it goes into a gallery. Not that Wallinger's piece was art - it was an impersonation of politics

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