This Wednesday 29th June at 6:30pm, as a part of the Outside-in cinema series in Experimedia here at the Library, we will be showing the oscar nominated multi-layered documentary, Exit through the gift shop, which is both by and about the world-renowned stencil artist, Banksy.
There has been an incredible amount of interest in this film, and rightly so – Melbourne is considered by many to be the stencil graffiti capital of Australia. There are many books that can be found both on the shelves and in storage here that shed plenty of light on this particularly fascinating aspect of Australia’s artistic, cultural, and political history.
Uncommissioned art, for instance, goes alphabetically through an extensive list of graffiti artists, themes, and individual works, sourced from all over the country.
Kings Way, however, focuses directly on Melbourne’s recent history, taking in not only stencil work but other recognisable forms such as tagging.
And then there’s Street/studio, which looks at the differing pulls between street, studio, and gallery spaces within the broader context of increasing social acceptance and appreciation of street art.
Be sure to check out the book display on the evening for an even wider selection of titles from the Arts Collection.