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How the Chelsea Mob Thought this Guy was Banksy

Last modified March 26, 2018 at 7:07 am

Last Thursday evening, while dressed in a construction vest and hard hat, the bearded man spray-painted a stencil onto the backside of a Chelsea newsstand (near FIT). That of a newsie standing on a stack of papers. Given that the Banksy is in town, and how the piece is an obvious nod, the crowd on […]

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Banksy’s Bowery Mural is Already Defaced

Posted March 19, 2018 at 5:05 am

Well, that didn’t take long. Banksy’s seventy-foot mural at the Bowery Wall is already tagged to submission. Street writers made quick work of the spartan statement piece, scribbling over the messaging with red paint. In addition, another artist decided to reinterpret Banksy by putting Trump behind bars in this adjacent wheat-paste. The mural of tally […]

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Here’s Banksy’s Return to the Bowery

Posted March 16, 2018 at 5:00 am

So, Banksy is in town. Not just his little clock rat on 14th Street, but the Bowery Mural Wall on the Lower East Side. He’s the artist behind that new 70-foot-long protest piece – and also street writer Borf – aimed at shining a light on the plight of Turkish prisoner Zehra Dogan. Dogan is […]

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Banksy Makes a Statement with ‘Free Zehra Dogan’ Message at the Bowery Mural Wall

Last modified March 15, 2018 at 11:08 pm

A change of the guard just happened at the Bowery Mural Wall. London-based artist Lakwena is no longer on display. Her #KindComments marketing stunt, in conjunction with Instagram, was scrubbed clean earlier this week after holding court for six months. Banksy took over. The high-profile canvas was scrubbed of its message – “lift you higher” […]

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Long-Vacant Ludlow Street Lot Popularized by Banksy to Sprout 2-Story Glass Box Retail Space

Posted December 2, 2015 at 9:38 am

​The dormant Ludlow Street lot made famous by Banksy two years ago will soon receive a glitzy makeover. New construction, that is. Property owner 159 Ludlow LLC (aka Hesky Haim/Continental Worsteds) filed plans back in September to redevelop the 1,063 square-foot Hell Square parcel into a soulless two-story glass building. These new plans – currently […]

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Deconstructing the Art and Allure of Hanksy

Posted November 6, 2014 at 10:22 am

Hanksy, Hanksy, Hanksy! The clever street artist is becoming a household name faster than Ferrell cats can make kittens. His pun-driven campaign, built on the facades of New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and beyond, have engaged the ardent, the ambivalent, and the annoyed passerby. His increased popularity is applaudable and undeniable – what was once shooting […]

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Hargo’s ‘Cash for Your Banksy’ Briefly Pops Up on the Bowery

Last modified November 22, 2013 at 10:59 am

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 […]

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Billy Leroy Calls Out Banksy for Stealing His Death Idea for ‘Grim Reaper’ Stunt

Posted October 31, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Banksy’s Disneyland Grim Reaper was a weak copy of the death-themed funeral we had at Billy’s Antiques a year and a half ago. I want to make it clear that Billy’s had nothing to do with this corporate art installation. I’m a big fan of outlaw street art but only when the artists risk their […]

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Banksy Backlash: ‘Mediocrity Killed the Rat’ on Rag & Bone Wall

Posted October 31, 2013 at 6:03 am

Don’t get jumpy. This stencil on the Elizabeth Street mural wall of Rag & Bone is most likely not the work of Banksy. It appears some Banksy backlash is afoot at the corner of Houston, directly across the street from last week’s Grim Reaper stunt at the old Billy’s Antiques. The monotone graphic features Banksy’s […]

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Breaking: Banksy’s Latest Installation at former Billy’s Antiques on Houston [Updated]

Last modified October 25, 2013 at 7:26 pm

About a hundred people are gathered outside the big top tent on East Houston, all waiting for the unveiling of the latest Banksy installation. The tarp covers the fencing and a disco ball illuminates the area. Here we go… UPDATE: It appears that Banksy is getting into the Halloween spirit with his latest installation on […]

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