Banksy paid a visit to the Upper West Side for the 20th day in his Better Out than In residency in New York. The plain black stencil depicts a small boy holding a giant hammer, effectively turning an outdoor fire alarm into an impromptu high striker game.
I’m really enjoying these new pieces by artist 1010 that seems to peel away layers from mundane urban walls to reveal a depth of colorful layers. The Hamburg-based artist had a number of similar works on canvas at the Stroke Art Fair in Berlin in September.
For his 13th day in New York, Banksy pulled a fantastic prank on unsuspecting passersby in Central Park yesterday by setting up an unannounced art stall with dozens of 100% original signed canvases. In a world where copies of unlicensed Banksy works are available for a dime a dozen, it’s not inconceivable for somebody to peddle cheap knockoffs for $60 apiece. To further camouflage the artwork the booth was labeled simply “SPRAY ART” and manned by an unsuspecting old man who seemed completely uninterested in what he was doing.
So after having the art stall open for an entire day in Central Park, with an inventory that could have value into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, how many people stopped to buy something? Over a period of 7 hours just three people bought a total of 8 canvases, one of whom managed to haggled the price down 50%! Total haul for the day: $480. One lucky man who said he was decorating his new house in Chicago just won the lottery and unknowingly walked away with four original Banksys. But don’t get your hopes up, according to the artist’s website this was a one day affair. “This was a one off. The stall will not be there again today.” Watch the video to see it all unfold.
For those of you following along the past few weeks via Instagram, Banksy’s website (or perhaps following his tracks around New York), the artist has been creating a new artwork every single day in October as part of his Better Out than In Residency.
Chilean-born street artist Dasic lives and works in New York where he creates large-scale outdoor murals, paintings, sculptures and other works in a wide variety of different styles, though all of which seem to explode with color. One of my favorite works is an extraordinarily large piece he painted in Newburgh, New York that spans the ceiling as well as the opposite walls underneath a large overpass. Dan Perez sits down with the artist for a brief interview above.
Banksy’s website updated a few minutes ago to announce Better Out Than In, “an artists residency on the streets of New York.” The ongoing event is accompanied by a phone number (800) 656-4271 that you can call with a specific code correlating to each artwork. The current recording for #1, shown above, involves a satirical message that completely skewers typical audio tours found in museums and galleries and pokes fun of the artist as well, referring to him repeatedly as “Ban Sky”.
Do you think he’ll make a new piece every day? That seems pretty grueling. Stay tuned to www.banksyny.com to find out. Nearly 14 months have passed since Banksy’s last (known) foray outdoors prior to the 2012 Olympics in London.
Update: It appears Banksy is posting photos of new work to Instagram. There’s already a new piece for today, so it looks like we might be in for 31 new works. Wow.
Over the last two years or so artist Tec has taken to the streets of São Paulo, literally, to paint several large-scale works of crawling animals and people. You can see several more of the giant pieces that run almost the length of a city blocks over on Flickr. If you liked this also check out the work of Roadsworth. (via Wooster Collective, This Isn’t Happiness)
Haus in Schwarz (House in Black) was a 2008 public art piece by artists Erik Sturm und Simon Jung (previously) in the city center of Möhringen, Germany. The piece was meant as a farewell to the building which was slated for demolition, with the matte black paint acting as a sort of final curtain to an exterior that had recently been used by numerous street artists, shown above. Does anyone know what occupies the space today?
Update: After demolition, the owner, art gallery manager Karin Abt-Straubinger built a new gallery (but the House in Black still haunts Google Maps). Thanks Gerhard.