Mr. Brainwash

French, b. 1966

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Mr. Brainwash

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French, b. 1966

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A provocative figure in the world of street art, Mr. Brainwash practices an irreverent brand of appropriation characterized by the use of copyrighted images from history, popular culture, and art history. The artist subtly alters the picture or its context, mischievously undermining the tone of the source material. Brainwash, a pseudonym for Thierry Guetta, is known for producing massive spectacles to display his art. He came to prominence through mounting large-scale public projects in his current home of Los Angeles and as the main figure in the Banksy-directed film Exit Through the Gift Shop. His work hinges on the idea that anything is possible in his practice. “Art has no walls. Anybody can be an artist,” he says. “Art has no rules. There’s no manual.”

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A provocative figure in the world of street art, Mr. Brainwash practices an irreverent brand of appropriation characterized by the use of copyrighted images from history, popular culture, and art history. The artist subtly alters the picture or its context, mischievously undermining the tone of the source material. Brainwash, a pseudonym for Thierry Guetta, is known for producing massive spectacles to display his art. He came to prominence through mounting large-scale public projects in his current home of Los Angeles and as the main figure in the Banksy-directed film Exit Through the Gift Shop. His work hinges on the idea that anything is possible in his practice. “Art has no walls. Anybody can be an artist,” he says. “Art has no rules. There’s no manual.”

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10 In-Demand Works on Artsy This Week
Nov 2nd, 2020
10 In-Demand Works on Artsy This Week
Contrasting Methods Activate Contessa Gallery’s Art Southampton Presentation
Jul 6th, 2015
Contrasting Methods Activate Contessa Gallery’s Art Southampton Presentation
What Has Mr. Brainwash Been Up to Lately?
Sep 23rd, 2014
What Has Mr. Brainwash Been Up to Lately?
Masters of Remix: The Visual Sample in Street Art
Apr 13th, 2014
Masters of Remix: The Visual Sample in Street Art
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