Saving Banksy Reviews
A personal note, I say because the art is done in a public place, but often on private property, it should belong to the property owner, and the artist gives up all rights to it when they illegally place it on the property. The property owner can do with it what they like.
A good short documentary, worth watching for all who enjoy art.
Watched on Netflix at Sam's parents place, June 6, 2017.
The story centers around an SF art collector who spent over 40k of his own money to preserve Banksy's "Haight Street Rat" but not (unlike other unscrupulous characters portrayed) to sell and line his own pocket book but rather solely to preserve a piece of artistic history for the public to enjoy long after the majority of Banky's work will be destroyed. Artist Ben Eine emerges as an enjoyable moral compass due to his inside knowledge of the street art world, his personal ties to Banksy and cheeky screen presence.
I found myself empathizing w most of the views expressed, realizing that there is no clear answer to this question but that doesn't mean it should stop being asked. A must see for any art lover!