While the New York Post runs a feature called Get Banksy! the mayor of the city, Michael Bloomberg, is reported as saying Banksy is a vandal, not an artist, telling reporters, “You running up to somebody’s property or public property and defacing it is not my definition of art.” It’d be interesting to know what Bloomberg’s definition of art is but, more interestingly, why is Banksy in New York at all, apparently thumbing his nose at the authorities along with some of the art merchants there as well.
 
Earlier this year we ran several features on Banksy focusing on the removal of one of his works from a wall in North London and its subsequent sale to an American collector for £75,000. It’s interesting now to see that original signed canvasses by the artist were on sale at a one-day stall in New York’s Central Park recently for just £38 ($60) each! Is Banksy biting back? We can’t help thinking that he is, and is quite literally taking his art to the streets of New York to be enjoyed for nothing, and even bought for next-to-nothing (many of the pieces at the stall were estimated to be worth up to £20,000 each but remained unsold at the end of the day!). Sadly some of the residents, including the mayor of New York and the NYPD don’t quite seem to have got that message.
 
Banksy is in New York all this month during which time he has promised a new piece of street art every day. Entitled Better Out Than In, daily postings of his public New York art show can be seen on his website here. This is his work for 17 October –
 
 
 
Bed Stuy / Williamsburg by Banksy