Friday, November 08, 2013
The British street artist Banksy has been stenciling and installing subversive street art for two decades, but to much greater effect than any of his contemporaries. After spray-painting a ladder onto Israel’s barrier with the West Bank, placing hooded Guantanamo Bay prisoners on a ride at Disneyland ...
Friday, November 08, 2013
This week, the wunderkind composer Nico Muhly grows up — he tells Kurt Andersen why he chose a crime ripped from the headlines as the story for his new opera. Suzanne Opton captures soldiers at rest between tours in a series of haunting portraits. Plus, a critic assesses Banksy's month-long ...
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Friday, October 11, 2013
By Stephen Nessen : Reporter, WNYC News
On Friday, the elusive British artist known as Banksy continued his month-long street art show with his latest piece — a truck of squeaking stuffed animals delivered to the Meatpacking District.
Monday, February 25, 2013
The Oscar-nominated documentary "Exit Through the Gift Shop" introduced the world to Banksy and his modern day street art, but most of us know next to nothing about the artist, famous for concealing his identity at all costs. Journalist Will Ellsworth-Jones set out to reveal as much as possible about the graffiti artist in his fascinating new biography "Banksy: The Man Behind the Wall."
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Street art isn't what it used to be. And for a lot of New Yorkers, that's probably a good thing. Gone are the days when entire subway trains were coated in spray paint.
That isn't to say that street art is irrelevant.
Check out "Exit Through the Gift Shop," the documentary that at once celebrates and hilariously sends up the significance (and the very definition) of street art. The movie, directed by the ever-mysterious artist Banksy, is up for an Oscar this year.
So, who are the newest street artists making their mark in (and on) the city?
One of them has been penning "moustache" on the upper lips of various actresses, at least their two-dimensional selves (Reese's moustache here). The penmanship isn't anything to write home about, but still, there's a certain Gallic charm to the enterprise, and an impishness. These days, it's striking just how innocent and inoffensive so much subway graffiti is. Sure, you get the predictable assortment of four-letter words and body parts and all-around disfigurement. But not all that often. To a much greater extent subway posters seem to have been defaced by really happy, well-adjusted people. Whatever became of urban rage?
Friday, September 03, 2010
By Britta Conroy-Randall : WNYC Culture Desk
British graffiti artist and political activist Banksy has been venturing into more mixed and varied mediums lately, adding performance art and even sculpture to his distinctive repertoire. With his reputation for subversive social commentary, it was only a matter of time before Banksy addressed the worst oil spill in history.