“An exhilarating hall-of-mirrors look at what happens when global art fame turns anonymous, artists become objects, fans turn into artists, and the whole what’s-sincere-and-what’s-a-sham spectacle is more fun than art was ever supposed to be.”
– Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
[From the Sundance Film Festival]
Billed as “the world’s first street art disaster movie”, the film contains exclusive footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader and many of the world’s most infamous street artists at work.
In the late 1990s, a hybrid form of graffiti began appearing in cities around the world. Enlisting stickers, stencils, posters, and sculpture and spread by the burgeoning Internet, it would be labeled ‘street art’ and establish itself as the most significant counterculture movement of a generation. Filmmaker Terry Guetta set out to record this secretive world in all its thrilling detail. For more than eight years, he traveled with the pack, roaming the streets of America and Europe, the stealthy witness of the world’s most infamous vandals. But after meeting the British stencil artist known only as Banksy, things took a bizarre turn.
Banksy turns the tables on the only man who has ever filmed him, creating a remarkable documentary that is part personal journey and part an expose’ of the art world with its mind-altering mix of hot air and hype. In the end, Exit Through the Gift Shop is an amazing ride, a cautionary modern fairy tale… with bolt cutters.
“One of the best, most karmically satisfying comedies of the year, much to the chagrin of the people who are in it.”
– Boston Globe