Thursday, October 17, 2013

British Artist Banksy Tricks New Yorkers

Originally post found on Fine Art Today by Jeffrey Carlson Reporting

 The British street artist Banksy has once again cleverly thumbed his nose at a contemporary art market that has hijacked and commoditized his art, despite the artist's protestations. As part of a publicized stay in New York City this fall, the street artist sold original, signed canvases through a pop-up vendor, with pieces priced at $60 each (the larger canvases could be worth as much as $224,000 at auction). As this amusing video shows, the results were humorously underwhelming, with most pedestrians glancing only briefly at the works while passing by. Total revenue from the sale was a whopping $420.

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