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UPDATE: Fox pulled The Simpsons Banksy intro from Youtube for copyright infringement but you can still see it here.

Everyone is talking about The Simpsons intro Banksy directed, and those of us here at Argot & Ochre are no different. The intro is brilliant: poignant without being too serious and a true act of covert politics, finding its way into the homes of hundreds of thousands of viewers. I have no idea why a mega corporation like Fox would have the guts to invite an artist like Banksy to direct The Simpsons intro in the first place, much less actually let said intro run. I’m hoping they stand behind Banksy’s message and aren’t just hungry for hits on a viral marketing campaign. But regardless of the reasons why they allowed such a dark message to run, I’m glad they did.

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Via The Onion

Area Grandmother Comes Forward As ‘Banksy’

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Before “street art” was given it’s name; before artists like Barry McGee and Shepard Fairey were talked about around the dinner table, there was a group of artists influenced by skateboard graphics, graffiti, and the like. Before these individuals had the option of showing in New York or in any one of a number of Culver City “lowbrow” art galleries, there was New Image Art Gallery, run by the infamously incomparable Marsea Goldberg. These artists found their orbit, and New Image was their sun. 15 years later, Marsea is known for an eye that never fails and a passion that won’t quit. It’s easy to take a lot of the art, the community, and the progress of this genre for granted. But make no mistake, without New Image and Marsea, this point in time wouldn’t shine nearly so bright.

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