No, it wasn’t the real Banksy, but former art thief Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomber) did a fine job impersonating the street art superstar on the 4th season of “White Collar”, that magnificient TV series about a top forger and conman who now works with the FBI to catch art criminals.
“The cases usually focus on old masters and antiquities but recent episodes have seen the detective team dip into modern and contemporary art. So, it was with a nod of recognition that we watched this week’s episode, where the art-thief-turned-FBI-consultant Neal Caffrey pretended to be the anonymous street artist Banksy in order to get exclusive access to a high-end gallery as part of a heist. Fortunately, the show’s writers did their research, and the black-stencilled graffito left on the gallery’s wall was a passable imitation of Banksy’s ironic style. ” (The Art Newspaper)
Overview from Wikipedia:
“Neal Caffrey, a con man, forger and thief, is captured after a three-year game of cat and mouse with the FBI. With only months left while serving a four-year sentence, he escapes from a maximum security federal prison to find Kate, his ex-girlfriend. Peter Burke, the FBI agent who initially captured Caffrey, finds him and returns Caffrey to prison. This time, Caffrey gives Burke information about evidence in another case; however, this information comes with a price: Burke must have a meeting with Caffrey. At this meeting, Caffrey proposes a deal: he will help Burke catch other criminals as part of a work-release program. Burke agrees, after some hesitation. Through the successful apprehending of several white collar criminals, Caffrey has proven to Burke that he will help him, and that he will not try to escape again. This begins an unconventional but successful partnership.” More over here.
Image above from WHITE COLLAR — Episode 408 – Ancient History – Pictured: (l-r) Jill Paice as the Curator, Matt Bomer as Neal Caffrey — (Photo by: Giovanni Rufino/USA Network)
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