Banksy and the Urban Art Revolution with Alan Montgomery

Banksy and the Urban Art Revolution with Alan Montgomery


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Over the past two decades, few artists have attracted as much press attention or public acclaim as the mysterious figure known as ‘Banksy.’ From the streets of Bristol to international fame, his work now sells for millions at auction and is admired around the world. Despite his international notoriety, Banksy still remains elusive and out of the public eye: his true identity is a mystery. This seminar will delve into as much detail that is artistically possible in regards to the perplexing character that is, Bansky.

Banksy’s art combines dark humor with cynical political commentary, attacking the establishment with a sharp, brutal wit. He is well known for his street works, which pop up unannounced in unexpected places, and for his stunts and installations. His celebrity has also focused attention on the whole genre of graffiti, creating a movement known as ‘Urban Art,’ which has become a popular and a commercial phenomenon.

Led by an ex-auction house expert in Contemporary Art, Alan Montgomery, this interactive seminar will explore Banksy’s career and discuss how he dealt with his runaway success while still retaining his identity as a subversive, anti-establishment agitator. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an insight into the mysterious world of the twenty-first century’s most unusual art world sensation.

Alan Montgomery was born and raised in Scotland but has spent most of his adult life in London. Having achieved an MA in Art History at Glasgow University, he worked for many years in the art world at both an international auction house and an antique dealer. In recent years he has returned to academia, achieving an MA in Classical Civilisation in 2011, and has recently completed a Ph.D. in which he analyzed eighteenth-century attitudes towards the ancient Roman world. In addition to his work for Context Travel, Alan also writes catalog essays on Contemporary Art for a leading auctioneer. Elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland in 2017, his first book, entitled 'Classical Caledonia', was published by Edinburgh University Press in August 2020.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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