Photo by G. Art by Banksy.
Banksy October 24 2013
On day 24 of Banksy’s month long October ‘residency’ on the streets of New York, in front of the Hustler Club on 51st street a new work called “Waiting In Vain” appeared. While I enjoyed seeing this work, when I happened by it, there were about 50 people standing on the street taking photos and posing with the wall. Thanks for ruining the world Instagram and Facebook! The club had a beefy security guard next to the ‘priceless’ work of art and apparently minutes after I took this photo, they sliced the wall and moved this work of art inside the club. That’s one way to drive customers into the club when people get tired of looking at strippers. Imagine all the photo ops that are going to flood the internet. I wish all these people that were gathered around knew Banksy’s work when it was really great and not just a hype machine event that can be retweeted and forgotten in 30 seconds. Maybe they should check the archives of this site?
Photos by G. Art by Banksy and Os Gemeos.
Village Voice with Banksy and Os Gemeos
NYC! Make sure you grab a pile of the new Village Voice because there are two collectible covers this week. Both covers feature the art of Os Gemeos in collaboration with Banksy! As you can see above, a Banksy stencil hides out in the background of Os Gemeos’ work and below, it’s the reverse. Once word spreads, these will be gone, so get yours and sell it on eBay to some poor bastard who lives out of state. It’s what Banksy would want! 🙂
Village Voice with Banksy and Os Gemeos 2
Photo by G. Art by Banksy.
Banksy on Ludlow
If you are a street art fan and live in New York, the month of October 2013 is going to be filled with fun surprises. Notorious street artist Banksy is doing a month-long exhibit entitled “Better Out Than In,” and it appears that each day in October, a new work will surface somewhere in Manhattan or their neighboring boroughs. And most likely, vandals, fame seekers or people out to make a quick buck will destroy the art (sometimes within the same hour of the piece’s location being revealed), so to see these works in person, you have to be on your toes. I will not lie and say that 10 days into the exhibit, I am loving the concept and not really loving the art. However, the particular piece you see above was revealed yesterday and is the best of the bunch so far.
After a marathon day of seeing not one but TWO concerts, I headed over to Ludlow Street to catch a glimpse of the latest Banksy. The half wall/half car mural is luckily located behind a locked gate, so it’s the only piece to have survived more than a few hours in this exhibit so far. I happened by the piece close to one o’ clock in the morning, and there were about 15 admirers at the site as well. During my visit, I overheard some conversations with the folks looking at the art and they likened seeing this work to being at the Louvre in Paris! Get a grip people! While this work is definitely interesting and worth seeing, it’s just that and nothing more. Banksy art seems to be the latest trending topic and everyone is trying to look cool by expressing their ‘expertise’ in street art. I am happy that people are taking an interest in street art again after it pretty much dried up and died in New York (and trust me, I know as I have written about the subject for the last 4+ years), but please people, before you ruin this work with your love jizz, do your homework to get an idea of what ‘amazing’ street art really is. It might even change your life.
With that being said, welcome back Banksy. The streets have missed you!