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Banksy Watch: Chelsea Gets Pissed On

(photo courtesy Luna Park)
(photo courtesy Luna Park, and used with permission)

Street art photographer Luna Park spotted this new Banksy a day before it was officially announced on Banksy’s website. When she published it a number of us were debating whether it was a Banksy or not. His style has become so commonplace in the street art community that the original and the imitators are getting harder to distinguish.

So, the monthlong Banksy street show in NYC continues. RJ, of Vandalog, asked me yesterday what I thought of the Banksy spectacle, and I offered my off-hand comment that it might be a retrospective of sorts. It has always surprised me why more street artists don’t conceptualize a “show” on the street.

A piece by Avant going up in 1980s. (image via Christopher Chambers)

In the 1980s, Avant, a group of NYC artists, would stage art shows on the street but that is only a blip in the history of street art and it didn’t seem to evolve into anything.

An Ellis G piece from last year's "street" show. (photo by the author for Hyperallergic)
An Ellis G piece from last year’s “street” show on N6th Street. (photo by the author for Hyperallergic)

More recently street artist Ellis G has been creating street-long shows — like the one he did on North 6th Street in Williamsburg last year — that feature various spots that even tried tell you where to stand (I’m assuming this was tongue-in-cheek).

What is Banksy going to do this month? It’s unclear at the moment, but none of the works that the artist(s) has created so far have diverged much from his expected lexicon. This isn’t even the first — or second — dog peeing work he’s created.

View all our posts release to Banksy’s Better In Than Out show in New York throughout October here.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story stated that the work was in Midtown (as per Banksy’s website) but the work is in fact in Chelsea.

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