A few years back, Australian film studio Madman Films released a great documentary titled Banksy Does New York about the artist's 2013 residency in NYC. The film is a detailed documentation of Banksy, his/her anonymity, the City-wide art experiment, the media hype that followed, and the aftermath which includes stolen art and auctioned cinderblock.
Over the course of a month-long residency in New York in October 2013, Banksy and his team took to the streets – secretly creating a variety of public work ranging from elaborate conceptual stunts to traditional graffiti art. Constructed under the dark of night, each new piece was then announced daily on his #BANKSYNY Instagram account and chronicled on his pop-up website. Constantly evading a citywide search by the NYPD, Banksy’s work created a public response that was an equal mix of reverence and derision, with some of the more controversial statements sending waves of reaction throughout the city. From a Central Park stand where priceless original works were anonymously sold for $60 to a mural on the entrance to the Hustler strip club, to a junkyard in Willets Point, Queens; New York City served as the canvas for this street art vigilante.
Originally published on March 11th, 2015
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