Banksy's Latest Work Is A Cardinal Sin

Banksy has literally defaced a statue in his latest work, replacing the face of a replica statue with pixels as a political statement:

Banksy titled the statue “Cardinal Sin”, and designed it as a comment on recent crimes perpetrated by the Catholic church—a response to the child abuse scandal that was covered-up.

In a statement,
Banksy said: “I’m never sure who deserves to be put on a pedestal or crushed under one.”

It's a statement, no doubt, but is it worthy of sitting alongside the works of Van Dyck and Rubens?


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Pretty sure Banksy's "artwork" is more of a stand against politics then anything else. I don't think he is trying to be nor wanted to be a "Van Dyck or Rubens". His "artwork" isn't art in a traditional sense...

That said, I'm not sure I like the last statement of the article, as if we are all trying to compare him to artists of the traditional schools of art theory. Banksy is anything but. I would compare him more to V from "V for Vendetta".
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I like how the link says it was "vandalised", but it's actually on display.

The article also says it's an 18th century stone replica, not a replica of an 18th century statue. So did he actually create a replica of a statue or deface an original one? Not very clear...
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