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Ever heard of Banksy? Check out his graffiti and match them to their names

To learn more about Banksy go to 🔗www.thesun.co.uk


The event you will see is surreal, but what does it mean? Let’s match this and other words from the video to their meanings

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Here’s a story about art, but you need to fill in the gaps using new words to understand it

a canvasa picture painted on a kind of cloth


  • remote-controlled — controlled from a short distance away using a piece of equipment
  • a shredder — a machine that cuts something into long thin pieces
  • Sotheby’s — an art auction house
  • a gavel /ˈɡæv(ə)l/ — a small wooden hammer that someone such as a judge knocks on a table to emphasize a decision, or so that people will listen
  • performance art — a type of art in which an artist gives a performance using different art forms such as acting, dance, and painting
  • to put one’s hammer down — used here in 2 meanings: to sell something at an auction and to stop something from happening
  • a guerrilla /ɡəˈrɪlə/ artist — an artist who uses unusual methods to get attention for their ideas, products, etc.
  • Guantanamo Bay prison — a United States military prison, sometimes described as America’s Gulag. Many of its prisoners were sent there without trial and are said to have been tortured
  • Guantanamo Bay detainee — a person who is held in this prison
  • voracious /vəˈreɪʃəs/ — needing a lot of something to be satisfied
  • a prank — a silly trick that you play on someone to surprise them

Banksy | Jerry | Reporter | Reporter Lee Cowan

Reporter: A work by the street artist known as Banksy sold at auction the other day for well over $1 million. Then, something happened that was, well — surreal. Here’s Sunday Morning’s Lee Cowan.
Reporter Lee Cowan: Paintings that sell for $1.4 million don’t generally make news at Sotheby’s. But when the gavel fell on the Girl with a Balloon, it became a piece of pop culture. A remote-controlled shredder hidden in the painting’s frame began chewing its way through the canvas, a shock to everyone, including its new unnamed owner.
Banksy: Street art has a short lifespan.
Reporter Lee Cowan: It’s the painter himself taking credit. The elusive Banksy posted an Instagram video that, he says, shows him secretly installing the teeth into the frame. Why? Performance art, says art critic Jerry Saltz.
Jerry: I don’t know if it’s a message, so much as him saying, «Enough, you know, you put your hammer down on my work, I’m putting my hammer down on your work.»
Reporter Lee Cowan: Known as a guerrilla artist, he normally paints where he’s not supposed to, mostly on buildings and walls the world over. He’s done stunts before, like when he placed a life-sized replica of a Guantanamo Bay detainee in the middle of a children’s ride at Disneyland. What he does, even by destroying something, has a certain market value.
Jerry: It’s so voracious and mindless that, my guess is, by now, they’ve all decided that now the work is worth twice as much.
Reporter Lee Cowan: There’s a lot of head-scratching going on at Sotheby’s, which insists it was not in on the prank. But by turning to ribbons one of his most iconic images, Banksy has, at the very least, stayed true to his mission — making a statement while forcing the rest of us to think. Lee Cowan, CBS News, Los Angeles.



Banksy’s works are elusive and the answers to this test too! Watch the video again and choose the correct ones

Banksy | Jerry | Reporter | Reporter Lee Cowan

Reporter: A work by the street artist known as Banksy sold at auction the other day for well over $1 million. Then, something happened that was, well — surreal. Here’s Sunday Morning’s Lee Cowan.
Reporter Lee Cowan: Paintings that sell for $1.4 million don’t generally make news at Sotheby’s. But when the gavel fell on the Girl with a Balloon, it became a piece of pop culture. A remote-controlled shredder hidden in the painting’s frame began chewing its way through the canvas, a shock to everyone, including its new unnamed owner.
Banksy: Street art has a short lifespan.
Reporter Lee Cowan: It’s the painter himself taking credit. The elusive Banksy posted an Instagram video that, he says, shows him secretly installing the teeth into the frame. Why? Performance art, says art critic Jerry Saltz.
Jerry: I don’t know if it’s a message, so much as him saying, «Enough, you know, you put your hammer down on my work, I’m putting my hammer down on your work.»
Reporter Lee Cowan: Known as a guerrilla artist, he normally paints where he’s not supposed to, mostly on buildings and walls the world over. He’s done stunts before, like when he placed a life-sized replica of a Guantanamo Bay detainee in the middle of a children’s ride at Disneyland. What he does, even by destroying something, has a certain market value.
Jerry: It’s so voracious and mindless that, my guess is, by now, they’ve all decided that now the work is worth twice as much.
Reporter Lee Cowan: There’s a lot of head-scratching going on at Sotheby’s, which insists it was not in on the prank. But by turning to ribbons one of his most iconic images, Banksy has, at the very least, stayed true to his mission — making a statement while forcing the rest of us to think. Lee Cowan, CBS News, Los Angeles.



Answer the questions

1. What do you think of this stunt? Has it really made history? Why (not)?

2. What is your attitude to street art?

3. Have you ever seen Banksy’s works live? What do you think of them? If not, would you like to?

Banksy is a mystery, and here we’ve got some mystery words! Watch parts of the report again and choose the words you hear

What he does, even by destroying something, has a certain market value.

It’s so voracious and mindless that, my guess is, by now, they’ve all decided that now the work is worth twice as much.

There’s a lot of head-scratching going on at Sotheby’s which insists, it was not in on the prank.

Banksy has, at the very least, stayed true to his mission — making a statement while forcing the rest of us to think.


Okie-dokie, now write the words from the audio next to what they mean


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1. What do you think Banksy is saying with this work?

2. What is your opinion on it?

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Now you can:

🔹understand news reports about art;
🔹evaluate street art and have long conversations with art critics.


Wordlist

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Useful language

🔹take the credit
🔹head-scratching
🔹to be in on something

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Match the sentence halves

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Complete the sentences with the correct words

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