DawnWatch: Elephant as art on NY Times front page and LA Times metro cover — 9/16/06

Monday, September 18th, 2006

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Subject: DawnWatch: Elephant as art on NY Times front page and LA Times metro cover 9/16/06

An exhibition that includes a painted elephant has made the front page of the New York Times and the front of the Metro section of the Los Angeles Times on Saturday, September 16. The difference in tone between the two pieces is striking. The New York Times piece, headed, “In the Land of Beautiful People, an Artist Without a Face” opens:

“As a metaphor for problems that people are uncomfortable talking about, ‘the elephant in the room’ is not the most original.

“But then, few people actually put the elephant in the room, paint it red and adorn it with gold fleurs-de-lis to match the brocade wallpaper, and then dare viewers not to talk about it.

“Banksy, perhaps Britain’s most notorious graffiti artist and public prankster, has done just that with “Barely Legal,” a new show at an industrial warehouse in Los Angeles, as part of what his spokesman says is his first large-scale exhibition in the United States.

“Such a show — complete with advance publicity, an opening party with valet parking and Hollywood glitterati, including Jude Law and his posse, and sales of numbered prints at $500 each — would seem to go against Banksy’s rebel image.

We are informed the show is supposed to draw attention to the world poverty problems nobody talks about — the elephant in the room. But nowhere in the article is there any suggestion that having an elephant in a room is a problem.

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