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Conference Papers
Conference papers

Paul Gough
CCP Centre for Contemporary Photography and Melbourne Festival Lost and Found: Ethics, subjecthood, and contemporary art 22nd October 2014

Banksy - Command, Commission and Control
Paul Gough from RMIT will examine how street artists such as Banksy maintain some element of control over their public art works. Arguably the most renowned 'unknown' street artist in the world, Banksy has had to balance the free availability of his street art with protecting the exploitation of his images by others. This talk focuses on the protracted negotiations between the painter, his 'Office', the publisher and Gough in compiling a book that attempted to evaluate the artist's work.

Gough examines the controls demanded by the painter's agent, the attempts to manage the ready availability of imagery, and the difficulties in seeking the necessary permissions from an artist who deals almost entirely through proxies.

Paul Gough is a painter, broadcaster and writer. He has exhibited globally and is represented in the permanent collections of the Imperial War Museum, London; Canadian War Museum, Ottawa; and National War Memorial, New Zealand. Published widely in cultural history, cultural geography and heritage studies, Gough also has books on war artists, peace gardens and street artist, Banksy.

Professor Paul Gough
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President, College of Design and Social Context, RMIT University