In the world of Public Art, Banksy is straight-up badass. His notoriety as an England-based artist, political activist, film director, and painter is due to his dark-humoured graffiti that he has audaciously posted on streets, walls, and bridges in cities throughout the international community. Shit, the man has even tagged the Israeli West Bank barrier with an image of children digging a hole through the wall– talk about brave!
But being the ambitious soul that he is, it’s just onto the next one for Banksy. Beginning this month, the artist will be tagging up the streets of New York City with an outdoors exhibition entitled Better Out Than In: An Artists Residency on the Streets of New York. Expect to see one post a day of a wall that Banksy has managed to vandalize, such as the “Graffiti Is an Art” piece seen below.
And it’s accompanied by audio! How cool is that? According to the site, just dial 1 800 656 4271 #1 or click the play button to hear a scholarly voice mispronounce Banksy as “Ban-sky” and explain that the origin of the word “graffiti” is the latin word “graffit-o”. Har, har.
Graffiti art is where it’s at, whether the popos like it or not, and no one says it better than the Great Banksy himself: “Some people become cops because they want to make the world a better place. Some people become vandals because they want to make the world a better looking place.” #banksyny #publicart #graffitiFOREVA