Banksy, ‘Paris Hilton CD’, 2006, Artificial Gallery

In 2006 after the release of Paris Hilton's debut album, 'Paris', the "guerrilla artist" known only as Banksy planted 500 copies of his own version of the album in 48 records shops across the U.K. Replacing the originals with his altered CD and case intact with the correct barcode so that Hilton fans purchased his copy unaware, Banksy altered the inner sleeve with images of the socialite set against a back drop of the homeless sleeping on the streets of LA, or with her head superimposed on the body of a mannequin. Each page carried an insubordinate comment such as "Every CD you buy puts me even further out of your league" and "Thou shalt not worship false icons". He altered the front sleeve depicting Hilton with a bare chest and replaced Hilton's head for that of a dog's. The CD, which features one track lasting for forty minutes, was mixed by Banksy and Danger Mouse of Gnarls Barkley fame and cuts in Hilton's well used catch phrase "that's hot". An HMV spokesman said "it might be that there will be some people who agree with his views on the Paris Hilton album". No copies were ever returned to any of the stores for a replacement.

Series: From the original 500 (not a later bootleg version)

Signature: Signed, "Paris x".

About Banksy

Whether plastering cities with his trademark parachuting rat, painting imagined openings in the West Bank barrier in Israel, or stenciling “We’re bored of fish” above a penguins’ zoo enclosure, Banksy creates street art with an irreverent wit and an international reputation that precedes his anonymous identity. “TV has made going to the theatre seem pointless, photography has pretty much killed painting,” he says, “but graffiti has remained gloriously unspoilt by progress.” Banksy has gained his notoriety through a range of urban interventions, from modifying street signs and printing his own currency to illegally hanging his own works in institutions such as the Louvre and the Museum of Modern Art. Most often using spray paint and stencils, Banksy has crafted a signature, immediately identifiable graphic style—and a recurring cast of cops, soldiers, children, and celebrities—through which he critically examines contemporary issues of consumerism, political authority, terrorism, and the status of art and its display.

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