Banksy Takes the Art Show to the Streets

It all began with two children and a “GRAFFITI IS A CRIME” sign on Allen Street near Canal Street.

Banksy has established his residency in New York for the month of October showcasing his pieces not in the space of a gallery or museum but on the streets.  Banksy fans are updated on the set up of new works through his website, Instagram Within a week of “opening”, works have popped up all over town from Manhattan to Brooklyn and many have already been defaced or erased.

Adding  an interactive element to the exhibition, there is a phone number listed next to each piece that visitors can call and then listen to a pseudo museum guide audio track discussing the work.

The title of this exhibition, Better Out than In, references an earlier work he completed in Los Angeles reported Hyperallergic.

I enjoy looking at street art and am intrigued by art discourse surrounding this form’s place in art history- Is it “art”? Is it not? To me, street art and artists truly encapsulate what art should be: free expression that all can have access to.

On the Better Out Than In site, there is a quote from Post-Impressionist artist Paul Cezanne, “All the pictures painted inside, in the studio, will never be as good as those done outside”. I feel that I couldn’t agree more.


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