Support Hyperallergic’s independent arts journalism.
Celebrated career criminal Banksy has apparently begun a monthlong residency in New York City as part of an exhibition his website is calling Better Out Than In, “an entire show on the streets of New York.” Though the title makes reference to a work that surfaced last week in Los Angeles, the show’s first piece, pictured above, appeared today in Chinatown next to a stenciled toll-free line: 1-800-656-4271. When dialed, an automated service offers commentary on the piece in a soothingly parodic museum audioguide monotone.
Callers are first asked to enter the number of the work in question followed by the pound key, which in this case is 1#. “Hello and welcome to Lower Manhattan,” the voice announces, “before you, you will see a spray art by the artist Ban-Sky.” The entertaining 30 or so seconds of narration that follows is punctuated by asides that variously mock the artist’s technique (“cheating”), art language (“Are you kidding me? Who writes this stuff?”), and ponderous reflection (“Let’s pause for a minute to consider the deeper meaning of the work”). The robotic male voice then invites the listener to come to their own conclusion: “You decide, please do. I really have no idea.”
We explored the keypad to see if any other artworks have had their “informational” tracks released but came up short. We did, however, discover that dialing 0# takes you to a feedback option, where one can record a comment. Previous online references to the toll free number suggest that the line was once used by one “Wendy Parks,” a debt consolidation fraudster whose unsolicited dialing appears to have ceased in 2008. Make of that what you will.
View all our posts release to Banksy’s Better In Than Out show in New York throughout October here.
Nothing is more boring than reducing Italian American identity into stereotypes, but artist John Avelluto avoids that with his wide-ranging aesthetic appetite.
“A Fountain for Survivors” is a protective, pink cocoon in New York City’s busiest district.
Presented by Japan Society and the Agency for Cultural Affairs in association with the Visual Industry Promotion Organization (VIPO), this hybrid film series continues through December 23.
75% of NFTs sell for an average of $15, study says.
Online, people are calling the courtroom drawing of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged accomplice “creepy” and “horrific.”
From commissions to residencies and fellowships for artists, curators, and teachers, a list of opportunities that artists, writers, and art workers can apply for each month.
It is one thing to be a visionary and another to be one whose work holds your attention for a sustained period of time.
This affordable, interdisciplinary program with excellent facilities and private studios offers in-person instruction for 2022.
Regardless of which way the camera is pointing, Wearing shows a lively — and altogether merciless — interest in how people choose to tell their own stories.
Feldschuh understands that the actions and interactions of particles can be formulated mathematically but not illustrated visually.
Shellyne Rodriguez and Danielle De Jesus powerfully respond to the continued attacks on their neighborhoods with works that validate and uplift elements of everyday urban Latinx life that are usually devalued.