Banksy’s month-long New York residency might as well have been entitled, ‘The Banksy rehabilitation program.’ In coming to New York, the artist wasn’t simply courting a new American audience. He sought to rehabilitate his image with his former fans — Brits like me — whose interest tapered off long ago.
Editor’s Note: Post-#BanksyNY residence, we turned to our number cruncher, Zachary McCune, to analyze the social media impact of the Banksy residency.
The best way to begin talking about Banksy, right now, following his October New York Residency, would be to NOT talk about Banksy. Not just because of the press overload, but because there’s something big that the media has been ignoring … and that’s context.
This is it … Banky’s final New York residency art work and it’s in Queens.
Banksy’s new work is called “Bronx Zoo,” and is located near Yankee’s Stadium in the Bronx.
There are three Bankys left this month, and today’s work is in the window of the Housing Works thrift shop in Manhattan’s Gramercy neighborhood.
What a weekend. After Friday night’s unveiling of Banksy’s new “Reaper” animatronics art performance on Houston Street, two text-based pieces appeared the following days in Brooklyn, and — surprisingly — they were largely left alone by taggers and haters, while today’s stencil piece of a spray-can-wielding robot has been unveiled in another Brooklyn location, Coney Island.
Banksy’s latest looks spooky.
Today’s Banksy is almost too easy to find. The image already reveals that is placed on the side of the Hustler Club on Manhattan’s West Side, which is located on Twelfth Avenue between 51st and 52nd Streets.
Today’s announcement on Banksy.co.uk points to a larger obstacle that Banksy will be facing going forward with his New York residency, the New York Police Department’s draconian anti-graffiti policies.
Wait, is that another Banksy?
New York’s wandering street sophist today deposited his latest work, a replica of Egypt’s Great Sphinx of Giza, in what appears to be a vacant lot in Queens.