Banksy gives new meaning to outsider art
Okay, so it's maybe not quite as striking as the slaughterhouse delivery truck packed with squealing stuffies that he rolled out in the Meatpacking District earlier, but Banksy's latest installment during his monthlong New York City jaunt is pretty boss just the same.
Today, the camera-shy street artist announced on his website that he has created no less than a faux gallery in Chelsea, a 'hood associated with upscale art purveyors.
"Are you the sort of person who enjoys going to art galleries, but wished they had more gravel in them?" the artist wrote on his site. "Then this temporary exhibition space is for you. Housing just two paintings but also featuring a bench, some carpet and complimentary refreshments. Opens today through Sunday 11am til midnight." The paintings, as you'll see on his site, are epic, by the way.
He adds, "People ask why I want to have an exhibition in the streets, but have you been to an art gallery recently? They're full." I think there's many artists in Vancouver who would agree. Maybe they'd be "Better Out Than In", as the cheeky tagger has called this installment. Surely they can find a home under an overpass somewhere too.
Check out the aforementioned site for much more Banksy-style brilliance on New York streets, including a fibreglass replica of Ronald McDonald having his shoes shined by a real live boy (note the expression of disdain on Rotten Ronnie's face), and the image of a bandaged balloon flying up a beaten up Brooklyn wall (not exactly Mohinder).
Then again, it could all be some grand hoax.