Banksy applied to the exhibition under a different name—was not accepted, applied with his own—accepted

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Banksy checked what was more important: the work itself or the name of its author.

British street artist Banksy described how he tried to go to the exhibition under an alien name to check how much the author’s name influences the evaluation of works. Post about it, he published out in his Instagram: by this time the publication has collected more than 136 thousand likes.

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“I entered an early version of this into the RA summer exhibition under the pseudonym Bryan S Gaakman — an anagram of ‘banksy anagram’. It was refused.” — says the artist.

A month later, Banksy received a letter in which one of the organizers of the same exhibition asked if the artist wanted to participate in it, and asked him to send something for the exhibition. “I sent the same job as the first time. Now it hangs in Gallery 3” (meaning the gallery of the Academy of Arts).

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