A Banksy Is Born

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This is why the ruling class can’t have nice things.

On Friday, at Sotheby’s in London, a Banksy work, “Girl with Balloon,” that had just been sold at auction for $1.4 million began, moments later, to self-destruct by running itself through a shredder, which was hidden in the frame.

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As you can tell from the artist’s Instagram post about the stunt, Banksy has a keen interest in anti-establishing word play.

Sotheby’s senior director Alex Branczik said of the fiasco, I assume with tatters of a smile drawn about his lips, “It appears we just got Banksy-ed.”

“We are busy figuring out what this means in an auction context,” Branczik added. I take this to imply everyone in the art world has got their golden abacuses out, determined to put a new price on this work-in-pieces. Perhaps an even more profitable Banksy will emerge from the schisms of the old one. (The Independent reported a few hours ago that the work had “doubled in value.”)

“The urge to destroy is also a creative urge,” is what Banksy captioned a second Instagram post, quoting Picasso.

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Really makes you think.

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fleetwoodsgypsy
FleetwoodsGypsy

Long time lurker, first time poster. Hello, Jezzies!

So, Friday I broke up with my boyfriend (we’re in our late 30s) of five months via a text that simply said, “I’m sorry.”

He is the father of two children (boy and girl, 7 and 2) of whom he has primary custody. He is a wonderful, devoted father. We are great together. We have a blast whenever we’re together, we speak every day usually two to three hours on the phone with frequent texting. He is the first guy in a long time of whom I able to be myself with no judgement and vice versa. We have similar interests and upbringing, which is important to me.

But lately, he has been distant and withdrawn. Sometimes he disappears for 24 hours and does not respond to my texts or phone calls. His relationship with his family is problematic due to his divorce (she cheated) and his family’s insistence on keeping the ex in the family dynamic (they’re not taking sides and remaining “neutral”). He is an athlete and has begun prioritizing sports over spending time with me. Last Saturday, he didn’t respond to my texts or phone calls and I later learned that he was injured while running.

I have not met his children, he’s been divorced for three years, and I have yet to meet any of his friends and he has only met one of mine.

Last Sunday, I told him that I would like for us to work on communicating better, because whenever there’s a problem, he shuts down completely. He listens, but will quietly become defensive as though I’m saying he’s not good enough when really, I just want to fix things. We both agreed that there would be no Honeymoon period and that we would get directly to real life and work out the kinks early on.

After the conversation on Sunday, for the full week, it took him hours to respond to my texts and calls when usually he’s prompt. And when we spoke, he sounded distant and withdrawn. When I asked what was wrong, he’d say nothing. By Friday, I’d had enough and decided it was time to move on from the relationship.

However, after I sent the text, he texted me several times and called twice. Today, he’s having a guy’s night out and he has texted and called me twice. I haven’t responded and I honestly don’t know if I should. Ultimately, if the relationship can be fixed, I’d like to be with him. I just don’t know if I’m being unreasonable and potentially missing out on a great relationship because I expect too much of a single parent of two little ones (first time dating a single parent) or if he’s emotionally unavailable and I should cut my loses while it’s early on.