Hargo’s ‘Cash for Your Banksy’ Briefly Pops Up on the Bowery
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The prankster behind the “Cash for Your Warhol” blitz recently hit the Bowery to revive the Banksy version of same.
Hargo (aka Geoff Hargadon) stashed this latest eye-grabbing ruse in the window of the re-branded Judith Charles Gallery mere days after Banksy concluded “Better Out Than In.” It had been there for about a week before being deposed. Those who obliged the beckoning to call were no doubt met with an outgoing message to leave one. As with his other efforts, people are similarly duped by the ambiguity.
The inspiration for the “Cash for Warhol/Banksy” initiative was actually conceived during the economic downturn in 2008. Hargo told Warholian three years later:
At the height of the financial crisis of 2008-09, I noticed an increase in the number of signs on telephone poles posted by entrepreneurs interested in taking advantage of those in a tight spot (cash for your car, cash for your house, etc.). I called some of the numbers and found that people actually do call those numbers to sell their houses—which seemed absurd to me.
So I decided to exaggerate the message to speak to the upper echelon of art collectors, and send a message to the viewer that we are all affected by this crisis.
It’s also worth noting that the Charles Bank Gallery morphed into the Judith Charles Gallery back in September. Co-founder Michael Bank Christoffersen had relocated back to his native Denmark in 2011, but apparently severed ties this year.