Art World Abstracts: Harvey Weinstein Sours on Banksy, Plugs ‘Big Eyes’ and More!

Come out of the closet and paint my office, says Harvey

Banksy’s The Banality of the Banality of Evil. Altered thrift-store painting, (2013).

Mega film producer Harvey Weinstein was once a Banksy collector but has soured on the anonymous artist and taken his work down and put it away, Weinstein writes in his column on Deadline.com. He credits his awakening to the Tim Burton film Big Eyes, which tells the tale of Walter Keane taking credit for his wife Margaret’s work. “What if Banksy has a Mrs. Banksy locked in a closet somewhere?” Weinstein, a producer of the Burton movie, asked last week. He then challenged the mystery artist to go public—and to paint his office. Of course, the impresario may just be trying to garner publicity for the film, which opened soft over the holidays, trounced by hobbits.

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