Now that both Halloween and his residency is over, how can the unwashed masses continue to annoy art snobs with their uncultured and slack-jawed interest in Banksy? Is there a way to keep the discussion of Britain’s most overhyped street subversive going until the very last collector, gallery owner and unemployed Art History major in Chelsea commits collective seppuku?
Oh, here’s something: Remember that K. Sager landscape that Banksy bought from Housing Works? The one that he modified with a little Nazi sitting in the foreground, and re-donated to the nonprofit with the title “The banality of the banality of evil?” The one that was auctioned off at $615,000 at the end of October? Well, the mystery buyer just dropped out.
Around the town
British Prime Minister David Cameron might “act” against newspapers that publish “damaging” information leaked by Edward Snowden. ”…if [the papers] don’t demonstrate some social responsibility it would be very difficult for government to stand back and not to act,” Mr. Cameron said in the House of Commons. Watch out, Guardian. (BBC)
Not one to sit at home and knit, Banksy has emerged from his NYPD-encouraged hiatus to tag midtown’s Hustler Club. Read More
Activities around the sculpture included but were not limited to: some dude showing up with a hammer and chisel and being chased from the vicinity; the cops showing up to survey the scene; Mr. Garcia moving the sculpture to a more secluded spot behind a tractor trailer; some people scrambling and fighting to collect the remaining loose fragments of the sculpture. Read More
Sixty dollars won’t buy you much these days. A couple hardcover books. 1/8th of an iPad. Twenty-four train rides. Or, a fake Banksy painting to hang in your home, just to prove to your friends that you suck.
The mayor has condemned him. The police are after him. Possible copycats are posing as him. And vandals who dare deface his work are being humiliated by vigilante mobs.
Which all points to one conclusion: Banksy is Batman.
The Art of Politics
Banksy buzz may be sweeping parts of New York City–including a mention on the cover of the New York Post this morning–but the leading candidate for mayor has no idea who that is.
Bill de Blasio appeared perplexed this morning when asked by a reporter if the famed, pseudonymous British graffiti artist’s latest work in Manhattan should be removed.
The artist Banksy is not slacking during his month-long “residency” in New York. Last week the elusive artist managed to infuriate residents (and the mayor!) with not one but two mural tributes to the World Trade Center on 9/11: one in Tribeca and one found in Brooklyn Heights. His upsetting stuff animal truck was found equally disturbing.
It may be the city’s latest art craze, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg is having none of Bansky.
While the famed, pseudonymous British graffiti artist’s creations often fetch six figures at auctions, the mayor–who has long railed against graffiti–said today his work on city buildings was against the law.
A few days ago, a new work of art popped up in the bathroom of Lower East Side’s Lost Weekend boutique. It is called “The Great Gatspee,” and it is a toilet seat with Leonardo DiCaprio’s face on it.
No, Marcel Duchamp has not risen from the grave to comment on pop culture. It is Read More