Banksy’s New York Beat
All pictures painted inside, in the studio, will never be as good as those done outside.–Paul Cezanne
People ask why I want to have an exhibition in the streets, but have you been to an art gallery recently? They’re full.–Banksy
Banksy, the British multimedia street artist and merry prankster of social commentary, has taken up residence in the boroughs of New York with his current project, Better Out Than In. All of these artwork interventions, which began on October 1st, and continue to roll out daily, are chronicled online with photographs, videos and audioguides. (If you see any of these works, be sure to share on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #banksyny). Each day in October, Banksy has produced a different street art commentary. His most recent on October 24th, “Waiting in Vain,” appeared on the metal roll-down gate of the infamous Hustler Club, with characteristic multilayered nuance of commentary. Other artworks in the series have taken on the fast food industry, poverty, the art world, the Occupy Movement, Catholicism and graffiti art. He even hired an elderly man to sell original Banksy artworks in Central Park for $60 each.
With humor and irony as guiding forces in all of the artworks, heavy-handed interpretations will no doubt be mocked by the artist.
His October 11th project “Sirens of the Lambs” featured a truck full of squeaking stuffed animals which traveled through the meatpacking district, and citywide for the following two weeks.
(The video documenting it already has over 3.5 million views…)
In synchronicity with recent fast food worker protests, a fibreglass replica of Ronald McDonald having his shoes shined by a real live boy appeared on October 16th. The sculpture visited sidewalks outside a different McDonalds during lunchtime for the following week.