{BREAKING}: Banksy Back in NYC for Another Residency?

NYC locals and international fans of (in)famous graffiti artist Banksy have been buzzing since last Wednesday, March 14th, with the appearance of an iconic rat painted on the clock face of a soon-to-be-demolished building on W. 14th Street. Rife with Bansky’s signature grey and black stencil designs, pictures of the rat appeared shortly thereafter on Banksy’s Instagram page @banksy, where the artist posted two pictures – one detail and one scene shot showing a building at the intersection of 6th Ave and 14th Street – with the design.

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The following day, on Thursday, March 15th, the artist posted another series of pictures on his Instagram – this time of imprisoned Turkish artist and journalist Zehra Dogan with the hashtag #FREEzehradogan.

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With the appearance of two murals in less than 24 hours, many wondered if the artist was coming back for another artistic “residency” in the city like the month-long one he had back in 2013.

Now, it appears that speculation is becoming fact, as just over two hours ago the artist posted yet another series of images on his Instagram showing a newly-stenciled mural located in Coney Island.

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This time, the image appears to be a wealthy contractor/constructionist – whose black profile is eerily-similar to Donald Trump – using a red line graph trending upwards as a sort of “whip” to herd out minorities, children, and the elderly, causing some to wonder if this socially-charged street artist is making commentary about gentrification.

Banksy’s art is often tongue-in-cheek and highly political, usually revolving around issues of social justice and class warfare. He has made works of art around the world commenting on international hot-button issues such as Guantanamo Bay, the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, and famine in Darfur.

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Both images taken by the author at the “Art in the Streets” special installation at Los Angeles’s Museum of Contemporary Art back in 2011

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The artist, whose identity remains unknown and consistently generates heavy speculation, often uses his Instagram account as a way to announce his new installations. Prior to his arrival in New York a few days ago, the last time the artist posted was on January 26th.

Stay tuned to find out if Banksy has yet again made NYC his temporary playground – and New Yorkers, keep your eyes open for any new works of art popping up in our city. And if you’ve seen these works in person, your thoughts/impressions are welcomed in the comments!

5 Comments

  1. Mad Hatters NYC

    We made the pilgrimage to see his new pieces this weekend (as did the rest of the city!) and unfortunately our experience could have been a companion piece to your last post! Someone tagged the mural. A car parked right in front of it so that its passengers could take a look, even though there were several people waiting to take a picture from across the street. Countless individuals walked into someone else’s photo just so they could take one of their own. *sigh* The commentary writes itself.

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    1. girlingothamcity

      Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear that – though it perfectly encapsulates what I meant when I said that sometimes I don’t even feel like going out at all – too much stress/hassle. Of course, it’s like punishing yourself doubly, because you end up missing out on some great experiences. Better luck on the next Banksy sighting? UGH.

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  2. New York Cliche

    I went over the weekend too and saw the tagging 😦 I posted pictures on my Saturday Street Art blog, there was a guy working to restore the painting when I was there. My experience wasn’t as bad as J+L’s though! I wouldve been so mad if a car selfishly blocked everyone else! I also only made it to the Bowery Wall piece – just lie you say I’m very excited to see what pops up next! 3 confirmed makes me very hopeful for more!!

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    1. girlingothamcity

      SO sad – the tagging AND the fact that it’s going to be removed, ugh. I read an article yesterday saying that the building owners are probably going to sell it 😦

      I remember the last time Banksy was here, he sold some of his paintings and stencils on the streets like a peddler – for $10 a piece – and most people walked by/ignored. Now they’re probably worth multi-millions, so I’ve been paying extra special attention to those street hawkers this past week! lol

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