Olek’s Latest is Actually a Banksy Nod

Posted on: February 25th, 2011 at 2:05 pm by

On second thought, that new Olek piece hanging atop 358 Broome is actually a nod to iconic street artist Banksy.  Thanks to the Boogie faithful for pointing this out! Perhaps it’s time for a new pair of specs…

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Anyhoo, the inspiration was timed to coincide with the Academy Awards on Sunday, as Exit Through the Gift Shop is up for Best Documentary. Olek herself emailed the following to clear the air:

After crocheting the first readymade, I decided to pay homage to Marcel Duchamp and so I crocheted the bike wheel on the stool. Recently, I was referred to as a street artist by the press and public. I wanted to pay my respect to one of the most iconic figures of the street art movement. I am placing a series of The girl with the balloons image coinciding with the Oscars as support for Banksy’s movie. What is authentic? Did he intend to do a mockery of the art world by being a Mr. BW?

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