Banksy vs Robbo Graffiti Wars (DVD)
This fascinating Channel 4 documentary looks at the creative tensions in the contemporary world of British street art and graffiti, focusing in on the ongoing feud between Banksy and Robbo.
Most graffiti artists are lucky if there work remains untouched for a matter of months, but it is credit to the rivals credibility that their work mostly remains untouched with Robbos oldest piece being 28 years old.
Banksy is an internationally renowned bestselling graffiti stencil artist, who was born in Bristol but has left his artistic mark globally, even entering into controversial war-torn territories such as Palestine. Banksys work is best-known for its social-politcal commentary and often viewed as political activism. King Robbo is one of the founding fathers of Londons graffiti writing scene, using more traditional letters and writing as opposed to Bankys extensive use of images and metaphoric, symbolic storytelling.
Clashes between artists is nothing new and the contemporary feud between street artists Banksy and Robbo is reminiscent of well-known rivalries between classic, traditional artists that had fierce, often conspicuously public spats keeping art enthusiasts engaged, outraged or humoured and making those unfamiliar with their work, familiar with it. There was Turner V Constable, Whistle V Ruskin and of course, Matisse V Picasso and now there is Banksy V Robbo.
Meanwhile, on the streets, graffiti artists are locked in battle with the authorities, facing trial and prison sentences for their art while the work of more well-known street artists is being exhibited by the world's most prestigious galleries and brought by celebrity figures globally.
This controversial film sparked much conversation, particularly from Banksy himself.