We got Banksy’d…again

As I am sure many of you have heard (and if you have not, then I am jealous you have been hiding under a rock, curled up and well rested), last week Mr. Banksy managed to pull a new one on us.

Sotheby’s employees pose with ‘Love is in the Bin’ (later renamed by Sotheby’s) by British artist Banksy during a media preview at Sotheby’s auction house on October 12, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Shortly after the hammer came down on the item for the final bidding of $1.2 millions dollars, the canvas of “Girl With Balloon” by famous anonymous artist, Banksy, began to pass through a shredder installed in the frame. The alarms went off, the staff took away the painting in panic and now a week later, the painting’s value raises another million dollars and the woman who bid on the painting decided to keep it, half shredded and all.

Since his Tate Gallery stunt of 2003, this guy (or girl, because everything is possible nowadays), has been in the headlines for years after. Never before had something like that been attempted in reputable museums. In 2013 he came back with his  Better Out Than In exhibit, where he made all of New York his museum institution that housed his artworks. Then in 2015, he produced the anti happiest place on earth, Dismaland where he gathered a group of fellow street artists and created a (literal) theme park filled with themes of apocalypse, anti-consumerism, and pointed social critiques on celebrity culture, immigration, and law enforcement. Lastly in 2017 with his Walled off Hotel experience in Bethlehem, West Bank where he constructed a hotel with the “worst view in the world” across an alley from the 26-foot wall that separates Israelis from Palestinians.

Many criticism of his work revolves around being inherently negative, critical, derivative, only interesting to dumb people (looking at you, Shailee Koranne from HuffPost), annoying, and commenting on all too obvious social and political events. It is abundantly clear that some people just do not want to see that sort of art form and therefore do not find it interesting. Many people that I have asked if they are a fan either give me a shrug or have no idea who I am talking about. 

As for me, Banksy is and will always been one of the most important artist in the history of art.

Banksy wore a disguise to sneak a painting into Tate Britain in 2003. He managed to hang and display at least 20 of his art works around the museum and took the staff a couple of hours to realize what had happened.

“The Sirens of the Lambs” truck that traveled around New York during his Better Out Than In “exhibition” in 2013 where he unveiled at least one work of art daily, documenting it on both a dedicated website and an Instagram account.

A view of the rundown castle from the anti happiest place on earth – Dismaland theme park in 2015.

The reason I believe he is important is not only through the messages he/she/they portrays (now I am assuming it is a collective group of people), but the way how those messages are portrayed. Banksy’s art has long been rife with political overtones as he once told his friend, the author Tristan Manco, that he likes “the political edge” of his work. “All graffiti is low-level dissent, but stencils have an extra history,” he said. “They’ve been used to start revolutions and to stop wars.”

Indeed, Banksy seems to be mounting his own revolution against the social politics of the world. But even though politics and activism are frequently referenced by artists (both little-known and famous), the immediacy and accessibility of Banksy’s politically-inspired work makes it especially potent. “All art is political in some way, but Banksy always has that quick response,” Rachel Campbell Johnston, the London Times art critic, told The Daily Beast. “It’s prominent because it’s in the moment and visible to the public. He uses art as a weapon. I think many artists use politics in order to get into galleries, whereas Banksy does the opposite.”

While some art critics think Banksy’s art is too obvious, others think his on-the-nose political one-liners are genius. It is very sharp, almost like a political cartoonist joke that you find in newspaper columns with a punchline.

Another thing that makes Banksy one of the most important figures in art history is that even though his artwork fetches hundreds of thousands of dollars at auction without his consent, Banksy gives it away for free. He/she/they isn’t/aren’t represented by galleries (that we know of), and as a result, he’s/she’s/they’re entirely in control of his/her/their own narrative.

At the moment, the value of his artwork is skyrocketing by the second. Already his famous shredding has been adapted into pop culture by McDonalds, Perrier, and even IKEA.

I personally cannot wait for the next time we get Banksy’d…AGAIN.

Graduate and Current Student Exhibition

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Annual Graduate and Student Exhibition

Please join us for a toast in celebrating our graduates and current students’ 2017 exhibition! The festivities will start from 7pm to 10pm on April 22nd. We will be exhibiting this year’s event at Artem Galleries in West Hollywood.

Artwork by: Nikita Budkov (top left),  Jonathan Cheng (top middle), S.K. Simon (top right), Jesse Hui (middle left), Rohini Sen (upper middle), Elan Heredia (lower middle), Gabriel Shiguemoto (middle right) and Katie Lindsay (bottom).

Accepting Applications for Fall 2017!

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LAAFA is an accredited private college offering 3-Year BFA Degree and Certificate Programs, as well as 1-year to 18-month Intensive Art Training Tracks. We invite prospective students to come and see our intimate artistic environment and audit a full-time class. Students can have a glimpse of the personal attention they will receive by instructors and staff during a visit. For our out-of-town prospective students, we encourage a SKYPE meeting. These are some of the great ways to ask questions and find out more information about the LAAFA experience.

CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE A TOUR!

At LAAFA, you will learn from world-class faculty who work for top animation, film tv studios and gaming companies, as well as exhibit in major galleries around the world. Our faculty will give you the practical training experience needed to be successful in your chosen career path.

Fall applications are currently being accepted for FALL 2017! >>APPLY NOW >>

Images:  Rey Bustos’ –  Anatomy 1 Class and Glenn Vilppu’s – Figure Construction 1 Class.

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You Are Invited!

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LAAFA is an accredited private college offering 3-Year BFA Degree and Certificate Programs, as well as 1-year to 18-month Intensive Art Training Tracks. We invite prospective students to come and see our intimate artistic environment and audit a full-time class.  Students can have a glimpse of the personal attention they will receive by instructors and staff during a visit. For our out-of-town prospective students, we encourage a SKYPE meeting.  These are some of the great ways to ask questions and find out more information about the LAAFA experience.

CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE A TOUR!

At LAAFA, you will learn from world-class faculty who work for top animation, film tv studios and gaming companies, as well as exhibit in major galleries around the world.  Our faculty will give you the practical training experience needed to be successful in your chosen career path.

Fall applications are currently being accepted for FALL 2016!  <<APPLY NOW >>

Artwork by:  Rohini Sen, Katie Lindsay, Christine Vanderkaap and Gabriel Shiguemoto.

 

 

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Spring Quarter Classes

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Spring Quarter Classes Starting March 28th!

Please join us for our super-packed spring quarter schedule! Click here to view the list of exceptional skilled instructors and the diverse selection of spring classes for beginning to professional artists. Sign-up for our newsletter to receive special promotions and upcoming complimentary demonstrations and lectures throughout the year!

Student Art Exhibition 2016 – Opening Reception

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LAAFA is proud to invite you to spend an exciting evening viewing and mingling with our emerging artists!  We hope to see you on January 9th from 7pm to 10pm for this special student exhibition.

The Loft at Liz’s
453 S. La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Sneak peek of Artwork Includes (from left to right): Juan Baron, Christine Vanderkaap, Elan Heredia, Harris Figures, Rohini Sen, Katie Lindsay, Tanveer Singh, Nikita Budkov, Gabriel Shiguemoto, Peer Vosberg, Vijay Krish and Eri Robinson.

You may also view student artwork between January 6 – 11, 2016.

Accepting 2016 Spring Applications

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We are now accepting application for our Spring Full-Time Fine Art and Entertainment Art Programs, plus our Intensive Art Tracks! Students are encouraged to submit by the priority deadline of December 15, 2015*. This allows students to secure their spot and have top-priority for scholarships and work-study opportunities, plus a smooth transition to LAAFA.

Here are a few of the top reasons why students choose LAAFA:

– Top Professional Faculty
– Intensive Foundational Training
– Intimate Artistic Environment
– Student Diversity
– Structured and Sequential Curriculum
– Connections

You are invited to make an appointment for a tour and a classroom experience! We love to show off our school and we look forward to meeting you. Please feel free to call (818) 708-9232 or email our Director of Admissions at hmiller@laafa.org. For those who are not in the Los Angeles area, we would be happy to set-up a SKYPE chat!

*LAAFA has a rolling admissions policy. Students may submit applications until all spots are filled.

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Accepting Application for 2015

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We are excited to offer students the opportunity to apply for our 3-Year Entertainment Art and Fine Art Degree and Certificate Programs!  For those unable to commit to 3 years of study, we offer shorter Intensive Art Tracks in our Continuing Educational Program.  Here is an outline of all our programs:

FALL 2015

3-Year Degree and Certificate Fine Art Program
3-Year Degree and Certificate Entertainment Art Program
18-Month Intensive Foundational Art Track
1-Year Intensive Drawing Art Track

Take time to find out more about one of Katie Lindsay’s Painting Quarters and a 1st quarter snapshot of our program with a few of our full-time students.

ADMISSIONS

LAAFA has a rolling admissions policy.  Applications are accepted until all the spots are full.  The priority dates below will give students the opportunity for scholarships, work study and a smooth transition to LAAFA.  Visit our admission page for US Resident and International students to give you step-by-step instructions on how to apply to each programs. For additional questions, please contact the Director of Admissions.

The priority date for Fall 2015 is June 15, 2015.

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Open House On-Campus | Live Online Art Classes

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We are thrilled to offer our students the choice of on-campus and online classes this fall with our stellar line-up of art industry professionals!  Students who are local and from around the world can now enjoy a top quality educational learning experience.

Fall Open House On-Campus

We invite you to our Fall Open House on September 14th starting at 10am.  During the day’s festivities you may tour the school, enjoy complimentary demos, meet instructors and staff, learn about our programs, receive a complimentary portfolio review, win a prize and much more… This will be the last day to enroll in our continuing education classes and receive early registration prices.  Please RSVP to receive more information on the days list of event times. See you soon!

Online Live Classes Start September 8th

If you are unable to attend our on-campus classes, we invite you to take your next traditional or digital class online with our esteemed professional instructors who work for top studios such as:  Blue Sky Studios, Disney, Dreamworks, Riot Games, Universal and many more… Our online live classes are held in real-time where students are able to interact with the instructors directly.  A typical class will include: Demo, lecture, in-class exercise, critiques and homework. We have a special introductory rate of $495.  Limited seats are available.  Enroll Now! Images above by:  Rey Bustos, Daniel Bilmes and Sam Michlap.

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Summer Art Classes | Accepting Fall Applications

 

Summer with LAAFA!

Enjoy this summer learning, developing and keeping your skills sharp with our tremendous list of skilled professional instructors!  With years of experience under their belt teaching and working in the art industry, you will find they will help you achieve your goal.  All our classes are designed to encourage beginning, intermediate, advanced and professional artists in a friendly intimate learning environment.  All studios come with natural light beaming from the rooftop, horses, easels and unlimited coffee in our break-room. We encourage you to take a look at our convenient schedule of classes that include 4, 6, 8 and 10-weeks classes.  In addition, we are also excited to bring you top visiting artists for the summer and fall.

Drawing Program for Teens and Recent Graduates

This coming July, we have a 4-week full-time intensive drawing program designed just for students who want to improve their drawing skills.  This program includes:  Anatomy, Classical Drawing, Composition, Figure Construction and Perspective.  Scholarships are available.  Students must register by June 1st.

Fall Applications for Full-time Programs

Fall is just around the corner and we encourage all students to start the application process now.  We only accept a small number of students each year and have limited spots for each of our programs.  In addition, for those who are international students or qualify for veterans benefits, you will need extra time to process your required documents.  This can take over 2 months depending on your situation.  Please feel free to reach out to our Director of Admissions for any questions or help with the admissions process. For more information about our programs, please click on the following links:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Los Angeles Fine and Entertainment Art Classes!

LAAFA is one of the top art schools for fine and entertainment art programs!  The start of the Winter Quarter season is coming up shortly.  Take a peek at the phenomenal instructors teaching and register soon for your classes! Check out all the possibilities we have to offer you:

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Fine Art Demonstrations in Los Angeles

We have added additional Complimentary Demonstrations available to the art community! This is a great way to learn the different methods and techniques that an instructor will teach you during his class.  Students will have the opportunity to enroll in the class after the demonstration.

RSVP is required and space is limited.   Please click on the links to secure your space and to find out more information.

Contemporary Portrait Painting with Sean Cheetham
Alla Prima Figure Painting with Vadim Zang
Cast Drawing and Painting with Noah Buchanan
Indirect Figure Painting: Verdaccio Technique with Noah Buchanan
Head Drawing with Rey Bustos
Portrait Drawing with Daniel Bilmes
Portrait Painting with Daniel Bilmes

David Leffel is coming to LAAFA on October 15th for an evening Q & A event!  Click here to register.

Only a few spots available for Ruo Li’s Seascape Workshop starting on October 18th.  Click here to register.