Juxtapoz // Tuesday, November 05, 2013
We end the year on a high, high note, with a great December 2013 cover story on artist Todd "REAS" James. We have been scheduling a story with Todd for a bit now, and after the VMAs with the Miley bears, and another year where his exhibitions seems to get more and more stunning, we thought it was time to send contributing editor Joey Garfield out to NYC to catch up with REAS about pirates, girls, Mileys, vandals, and the evolution of his craft.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, October 31, 2013
And so you have it, 31 days in October, 31 pieces/moments of art from Banksy, one city that is New York, and now it is over. Whether you loved it, hated it, felt inspired by it, Banksy took over the art world (well, pop culture world, really) for a month on the biggest stage, and left piece #31 and its companion audio as a reminder of why street art, graffiti, public art, whatever it is you want to call it, in whatever form you find it, do it, see it, is an important historical identifier of who we are as humans... enjoy a little recap of Better Out Than In.
Juxtapoz // Monday, October 28, 2013
We've almost come to the end now, haven't we? Or at least, we think Banksy's "Better Out Than In" is supposed to finish this month? For the past week, Bansky has gone a bit... well, a little more mellow but with a bit more esoteric styling for his pieces. You got the cement block Sphinx, a sad stencil waiting for the club, a police notification, a Reaper, and a Op-Ed piece the NY Times didn't want to run. Today had a robot. So it goes...
Juxtapoz // Monday, October 21, 2013
Since the last time we posted about Banksy's month long street residency in NYC, Better Out Than In, we have witnessed a few pieces going up in NYC (or at least part of the masses going to see the pieces) and see the backlash of a certain Mayor Bloomberg making his comments about "urban decay." Banksy has given us a confessional, Ronald McDonald's wage reenactment, a Central Park painting sale, a pop-up outdoor show with Os Gemeos under the High Line, and of course, trying to staying Ghetto 4 Life.
Street Art // Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Banksy’s newest installation for his “Better Out Than In” project is located in South Bronx, which has the potential to be just as entertaining as the situation surrounding the beaver stenciled in East New York. This new sculpture is a little different from the others as a real live human will be polishing the shoes of a fiberglass replica of Ronald McDonald. This should make quite the spectacle. The sculpture will visit the sidewalk outside a different McDonalds every lunchtime for the next week.
Street Art // Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Bansky has done a remarkable job at grabbing the attention of everyone whether positive or negative. Publicists dream of such a client, but he has no need for them. Last week, Stephen Colbert of “The Colbert Report’ dedicated an entire section of his show hilariously provoking Banksy to create a custom piece on the wall outside of his studio in New York. A few days later, a bear with Colbert’s face on it (Stephen Colbear) appeared. The work was obviously not painted by Banksy, but instead Hanksy, a street artist who makes pun-influenced street art around New York. Colbert dedicated another segment of his show to the new “art” on his walls and it’s more than entertaining.
Street Art // Friday, October 11, 2013
The most interesting thing to come out of the Bansky madness that has swept New York is when one of his pieces ends up in a notoriously dangerous Brooklyn neighborhood and locals start charging people to view it. What are the reasonable rate residents of East New York are charging to see this little beaver? $20 (£12.50). Apparently, the “entrepreneurs” attempted to chisel it off the wall and failed. “We tryin to get some bread, this is my hood. I could step on this s*** it don’t matter to me.” "It's worth more to you that this is here than to me. If you want to take a picture it's going to cost something or the s*** could just get broke.” Welcome to the streets of Brooklyn. S*** just got real.
Juxtapoz // Friday, October 11, 2013
We are trying to find ways not to post a Banksy story each day during the month of Better Out Than In, and its getting hard. Today is a recap of all that has gone on in the streets of NYC since Saturday, with the special "Reble Rocket Attack" video of Sunday included here. Where to start... lonely hearts in Brooklyn, wandering gardens, signature rats, a political statement on the US military, cheap philosophy, and today, October 11, a meatpacking truck filled with stuffed animals called "The Sirens of the Lambs" that will tour NYC's meatpacking district and then citywide for the next two weeks.
Street Art // Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Banksy continues his “New York Residency” creating two new works in the streets, this time both across the East River in Brooklyn. The first painted yesterday, was the image of a broken heart balloon painted in the Red Hook neighborhood. Due to cheap fame or other envious reasons, the heart was “sidebusted” quickly by a repeating Banksy “admirer” as we will call him. The second was marked on a door somewhere in Greenpoint...
Juxtapoz // Sunday, October 06, 2013
We told you that we were going to keep the Banksy month-long "Better Out Than In" project to recaps, but the video he released today was just way too good to pass up. Titled "Rebel Rocket Attack," it definitely proves you must be careful with who you fight with...