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Banksy New York Work, "Occupy," Emerges in Bushwick

  • Michael Briggs , Design & Trend Staff Writer
  • Oct, 04, 2013, 12:01 PM
(Instagram/banksyny)
(Instagram/banksyny)
Banksy's "The Street Is In Play."
Street artist Banksy's "The Street Is In Play." The piece was vandalized one day after it popped up on Manhattan's Allen Street. (Photo: Instagram/banksyny)
(Instagram/banksyny)
(Instagram/banksyny)
(Instagram/banksyny)
(Instagram/banksyny)

Street artist Banksy is on a month-long "show" that will feature works through all of New York City's boroughs. The latest street piece from Better Out Than In has popped up in Bushwick today, as Banksy posted an image of his new work on his Instagram account, along with a Twitter message that read:

"It's Friday, Friday Gotta get down on Friday"

- banksy (@banksyny) October 4, 2013

The latest work reads Occupy! The Musical, following the Occupy Wall Street theme.

On Thursday, it was reported that Banksy's offering The Street Is In Play, was vandalized. The piece features two boys, with one standing on another's back spray painting on a "graffiti is a crime" sign. By Wednesday, the British artist's work on Allen Street in lower Manhattan was already painted over.

The artist has since sent New Yorkers on a quest to find his new works, with the third work featuring a dog urinating on a fire hydrant with a thought bubble above the hydrant reading "You complete me." The second work simply read, "This is my New York Accent... normally I write like this." Banksy authenticated each of the works by posting them on his website.

The western England product spread the word about his October-long NYC show via posters in Los Angeles last week. He will also be posting images of all his new works on his Instagram account, Banksyny.

While the street artist has plenty of followers, the Guardian's (UK) art critic Jonathan Jones imagines Andy Warhol wouldn't be one of them.

"If Andy Warhol were alive today he'd probably welcome Banksy to the New York art scene just as he befriended those 80s street artists. "Gee, wow, Banksy's this English artist but nobody knows what he looks like. In the future everyone will be anonymous for 15 minutes."

That's the sort thing Warhol might say if he was still here. To quoteanother guru of modern culture, the medium is the message: what you do is less important than how you transmit it. If you make street art you instantly, by that act, proclaim so many hip affinities that your art becomes a symbol of widely admired associations and meanings. All graffiti is cool. The form, not the content, defines that coolness. Calling out Banksy as a bad artist is therefore impossible. If you say he's crap, he will turn out to be in on the joke. He's the perfect fraud for our time.

So it goes, to the streets of New York, and Warhol is undoubtedly amused in the great sushi bar in the sky. (As well as championing street art, he wanted to open a chain of "Andymat" restaurants that sound much like sushi outlets.) Myself, I wish Banksy would go and seeJackson Pollock's One at MoMA, look at it until he sees how dull and lifeless his own art is by comparison, and retire."


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