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Thursday, February 21, 2013

NY Landlord Paints Over Banksy Mural

Posted by on Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Sad trombone:

A New York City landlord who plastered over a Banksy mural is likely regretting that decision amid reports that a U.S. gallery is planning to auction off a work by the street artist that was recently cut from the wall of a London building.

The Miami gallery is estimating that the 2012 Banksy mural, now called “Slave Labor (Bunting Boy),” will fetch between $500,000-700,000 at auction this Saturday. The work was removed last week from the side of a department store, apparently with the approval of the building owner.

It's an equal bummer that people are cutting Banksy's work out of the sides of buildings now, just to make a buck. Good public art should be preserved for the enjoyment of the public, given how little of it out there is actually enjoyable.


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Fnarf 1
I dunno, I think the idea of a dumbass landlord deliberately destroying a half-million-dollar gift he received because he was too stupid to know what it was is kind of great. Like burning a pile of cash. There are other Banksies.
Posted by Fnarf on February 21, 2013 at 4:25 PM · Report this
treacle 2
What a predicament Banksy is in... Either continue doing what you love and are very good at, and have it stolen and sold by anonymous people, never seeing a penny yourself. Or quit doing public art altogether, and just do the private stuff, and get folded into that art community.

Posted by treacle on February 21, 2013 at 4:26 PM · Report this
very bad homo 3
Well I'm sure somebody instagrammed it, so it will live forever on the internet somewhere.
Posted by very bad homo on February 21, 2013 at 4:26 PM · Report this
Dougsf 4
Looks like plaster over brickā€”not only is it hard to imagine how that piece would have come off intact, but that wall probably wasn't going to last another New York winter without those repairs being done.

I'd love to live in a city with fantastic, er... "uncommisioned" art around every corner, but if it isn't the precariousness of these pieces that make them so special, then what is it?
Posted by Dougsf on February 21, 2013 at 4:28 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 5
If the artist cared about it lasting forever they would paint it on a canvas and hang it in a gallery. It's rather condescending to assume street artists are too stupid to know what happens to street art. The ephemeral aspect is the point, isn't it?
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on February 21, 2013 at 4:33 PM · Report this
Knat 6
Far better to have the art stay on the side of a wall, so that some other "street artist" can come by and scribble their tagger name on top of it the next night. It can only increase the value!
Posted by Knat on February 21, 2013 at 4:57 PM · Report this
Clara T 7
I totally get what you are saying - there's a lot of good public art that isn't actually enjoyable.
Posted by Clara T on February 21, 2013 at 5:29 PM · Report this
I don't get the impression that Banksy is hurting for cash.
Posted by Giftshop on February 22, 2013 at 6:53 AM · Report this
$700k to $800k isn't "a buck", Cienna. That's put my kids through Harvard money - I'd rip the wall off my building, too.
Posted by kalel80806 on February 22, 2013 at 7:08 AM · Report this
venomlash 10
Art should be in museums, IMO. Leave it on the outer wall of a building and the elements will turn it to dust and grit, assuming it's not painted over first.
Posted by venomlash on February 22, 2013 at 10:37 AM · Report this
Banksy is essentially making Mandalas. And it's also on other people's properties to whom they see fit to do with it however they want. Let the glorified tagger's stuff go.
Posted by Drew2u on February 22, 2013 at 11:44 AM · Report this
Fenrox 12
I like the idea of it getting painted over, makes it more real. All art should be destroyed IMO, but also you should always make more and more.
Posted by Fenrox on February 22, 2013 at 2:43 PM · Report this

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