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The Gap Between Life and Art Grows Narrower

My ART 202 students are studying collage aesthetics in painting practice and we were discussing how artists bring real life into the studio, and the reverse: artists bringing the studio out into real life. Of course we looked at Banksy’s latest contribution to Guerrilla Art in which the little girl from Les Miserables is crying in front of a French flag as tear gas rises from a canister on the ground.

The mural is one of several pieces in which Bansky addresses conditions and abuses at the Calais refugee camp.
One of the other murals in his series depicts the late Steve Jobs (himself the son of Syrian immigrants)on one of the Calais camp walls.

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A migrant walks past a wall with a graffiti mural representing Steve Jobs by British artist Banksy in the "new jungle", a field where migrants and asylum seekers stay in Calais, France, December 30, 2015. British graffiti artist Banksy's mural of late Apple founder Steve Jobs as a refugee on a wall in the Calais migrant camp and two other Banksy works in other parts of the city will be protected, local authorities have said. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

 

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