Is Banksy A Genius or a Jerk? Earlier his month we highlighted Banksy’s trip to New York in October. Since then there has been much written about notorious artist. From the Mayor calling for his arrest to travelers visiting New York just to tour his art, most people have something to say.
All through the month, New Yorkers have been buzzing. There have been construction workers placing plexiglass over works in an attempt to save them from defacers. There is even one man calling himself the Banksy Preservation Society as he works to repair installations that taggers couldn’t resist.
So what are your thoughts on the artist Banksy? Do you see him as a harmless artist, harmful revolutionary, or just a guy that needs attention? As I see it, I’m just glad people are outside talking together about something…
Check out this editorial that he sent to The New York Times:
This past weekend several tourists and New Yorkers found themselves with an opportunity to own an original painting from renowned street artist – Banksy.
On Saturday, October 12, infamous U.K. street artist Banksy setup a booth in New York’s Central Park. The booth and the opportunity to pick up an original Banksy piece was not announced, nor is it expected to happen again anytime soon. Upon watching the video below, Banksy notes that he made a total of $420 for the day, so he sold 7 works @ $60 to 7 lucky and aware individuals.
The sale provided an opportunity for tourists and passerby’s to purchase original art canvases for $60. The artist also posted a video on his website: http://www.banksy.co.uk/
We just wonder where all of those fine folks are going to get an awesome frame to display these great pieces on a wall at home or work…
Would you have recognized these works on the street? Would you have recognized Banksy’s work immediately, or would you have thought this was just another street artist?
Just in case you have no idea, here’s a little explanation from Wiki:
Banksy is a pseudonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter. His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humor with graffiti done in a distinctive stenciling technique. Such artistic works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world.