The quote is from the Dickensian sounding Sebastian Smee on Banksy’s remote controlled, self-destruction of the just auctioned $1.4 million work Girl With Balloon. The artwork has now doubled in value. The quote is from The Washington Post, October 5.
Smee is the art critic of The Boston Globe, and a fine arts writer for WaPo. He has been the art critic at the Boston Globe since 2008. He won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 2011, with the judges praising his “vivid and exuberant writing about art, often bringing great works to life with love and appreciation“.
He has worked for newspapers and magazines worldwide, including The Spectator, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Atlantic Monthly, and the failing New York Times. He is the author of The Art Of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs In Modern Art (2016), the fascinating story of four pairs of artists Claude Manet and Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, Jackson Pollock and William de Kooning, Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon; as well as five other books on the British artist Freud and a new one about the gay African-American artist Mark Bradford.
Read World of Wonder writer, Trey Speegle‘s account of the Bansky incident here