Congratulations to Laure Prouvost, who was just announced by the Tate as the 2013 winner of the prestigious Turner Prize for her installation Wantee. Click through to Tate’s press release to read more about Prouvost’s work and the other nominees.
These guys are charging people $20 to view Banksy’s latest piece in East New York, Brooklyn.
The piece is part of Banksy’s “Better Out Than In” project, wherein he creates a work in a different NYC location daily, then Instagrams the general area of the work.
Banksy is British artist who keeps his real name and appearance secret. His works sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars, and two have sold for well over one million each.
East New York is a predominantly black and Latin@ neighborhood in Brooklyn. According to Wikipedia, it also has the highest crime rate in New York City, and over half of its residents experience poverty.
According to reports, white people are currently flocking into East New York to look at Banksy’s piece. A few tried to chisel it out of the wall, and claimed to have called a contractor to remove it when their attempts failed. Since then, a group of neighborhood residents have taken charge of the site.
Gawker writes: “These men, heroes that they are, have elevated the original work, turning it into a performance piece about the commodification and hipster-fication of people’s homes. If you’re going to treat a neighborhood like an art museum, why shouldn’t the residents of that neighborhood charge admission like an art museum, particularly when many New Yorkers would never come to that patch of the city but to take a picture of a stencil painting of a beaver?”
I ain’t evn mad.
Mad? I’m proud as hell. Making money off some foreign dude coming in and messing up your neighborhood when if you did the same thing you’d be arrested for vandalism and vilified as “thugs” by the same white people lining up to see this? That’s some fucking badass entrepreneurship. I hope they make enough money to start their own business because these guys should be going places.
we were talking about this in one of my classes last week and everyone was saying how cool and original and revolutionary/anti-cap banksy is (HAHA WHAT) and like, saying that these people were in the wrong for charging to view what he painted IN THEIR OWN DAMN NEIGHBORHOOD it made me so mad. banksy pisses me off so bad he’s so fuckin overrated and kudos to these people for takin advantage of that for their own benefit.
Mitra Saboury - Door Jam
"They’d come up to me and say, ‘Lady, why aren’t they all smiling?’ And I’d say, ‘Well, you’ve only seen toothpaste ads and magazine advertisements. You’ve never even seen real painting.’ Whereas in Mexico, you just wouldn’t get that kind of a question. They were used to art around them all the time. So it wasn’t in any sense a happy experience. I don’t think anything really significant from the standpoint of culture can ever be connected with relief in any sense because it just doesn’t work out. An artist must be proud of what he’s doing and not make excuses to people, that it’s a relief project to help him survive and paint."
-Artist Marion Greenwood on her experience as a WPA muralist in the 1930s