‘Capitalism sucks… buy my art’ has been the Banksy joke since the ‘anonymous’ artist very deliberately moved form the streets into the gallery.
The idea that you should pay artist to tell you that capitalism sucks is a familiar refrain in the large capitalist machine that is the art world. Its so common that we now praise artists as ‘challenging’ or ‘edgy’ when they find slightly more interesting ways to utter this tired statement. Something Banksy was particularly skillful at.
The artist’s largest show to date, Dismaland is a showcase of various big name artists version of this joke, but from all of them its so expected that it has ceased being funny.