Banksy's NYC residency is over—What did you think?
Today the elusive and controversial British artist posted his last work in “Better Out than In.” Are you relieved it’s over or sad to see him go?
Thu Oct 31 2013
Image via Banksy
Well, folks, this is it: After a contentious month in which Banksy turned New York into his personal gallery, he posted his last work today. (It's in Queens; check it out on his website.) During the residency, titled "Better Out than In," he commemorated the Twin Towers and mocked One World Trade Center; sold his work anonymously in Central Park, without much success; and revealed at least one new work almost every day, including a collaboration with Os Gêmeos. He also created an official Banksy New York residency souvenir T-shirt—you can download the graphic here to create a tee.
Now that we're done running around town to locate each piece, we're taking a look at the Banksy backlash. The New York Times was unimpressed with the substance of the stuff: "The copywriters of the ads for Manhattan Mini Storage are often funnier," said Roberta Smith. But we also wanted to hear from readers, so we took to Twitter and Facebook to ask: What did you think of the project? Here are some comments that popped up in our feeds. Feel free to add yours in the comments below.
Luis Santana, Facebook: NYC has always welcomed those who do they their own thing. No doubt that Mr. Bansky knows this is where it all started. Now let's keep that spotlight fresh.
Kelly Denison-Cole, Facebook: We have more interesting local artists, why not focus on them? Banksy is old news.
Shannon Marshall, Facebook: This is AMAZING. Everyday, something new. Not announced. He isn't seen. That is the whole lure. If you LOOK at his pieces, over the last few years, they 'say' something.
Justin Risica, Facebook: I think it's a little disrespectful he's taken up residency like some dj at a club in our city, which is about to lose it's largest homage to/icon of graffiti (5 Pointz/Phun Factory)
Jean-Pierre A. Fenyo, Facebook:There is a 9 Letter Word that fits his latest stuff to a T! CONTRIVED.
Judy Stephenson Engle, Facebook:with tongue planted firmly in cheek he does it again
@TimeOutNewYork blatant self promotion in a tradition all New Yorkers can appreciate— Political Glutton (@politicalglutto) October 31, 2013