Banksy's Oscar campaign(?): Hit

The Indie Spirit Award-winning <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="0100000004593864" title="Documentary (genre)" href="/topic/arts-culture/genres/documentary-%28genre%29-0100000004593864.topic">documentary</a> <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENMV00000851" title="Exit Through the Gift Shop (movie)" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/exit-through-the-gift-shop-%28movie%29-ENMV00000851.topic">"Exit Through the Gift Shop"</a> about controversial artist <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB000005177" title="Banksy" href="/topic/arts-culture/art/banksy-PECLB000005177.topic">Banksy</a> did not win an Academy Award -- that honor went to "Inside Job" -- but the elusive artist seemed to mount a bit of a campaign for the film, though we doubt he'd call it that. Art pieces in Los Angeles, like this one found on Washington Boulevard at <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100102382000" title="Compton (Los Angeles, California)" href="/topic/us/california/los-angeles-county/los-angeles/compton-%28los-angeles-california%29-PLGEO100100102382000.topic">Compton</a> Avenue titled "Crayon Foreclosure," cropped up and generated stories on local, and many national, news outlets. If it's all about the art, then it was a stroke of genius, and probably got more eyes on his work than one of his normal hit-and-run outings.<br>
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-- Jevon Phillips
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( Associated Press )

The Indie Spirit Award-winning documentary "Exit Through the Gift Shop" about controversial artist Banksy did not win an Academy Award -- that honor went to "Inside Job" -- but the elusive artist seemed to mount a bit of a campaign for the film, though we doubt he'd call it that. Art pieces in Los Angeles, like this one found on Washington Boulevard at Compton Avenue titled "Crayon Foreclosure," cropped up and generated stories on local, and many national, news outlets. If it's all about the art, then it was a stroke of genius, and probably got more eyes on his work than one of his normal hit-and-run outings.

-- Jevon Phillips

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