Remember last fall when Banksy was running around the city, throwing million dollar-paintings up, willy nilly? Of course you do. So you probably also remember that about halfway through his month-long "Better Out Than In" residency--when Banksy mania was at a fever pitch--an old man set up a stall i ... More >>
Wait, it's a Banksy? No? Yeah, no. A tipster sent us photos of a booth in SoHo showing stencils made in the characteristic Banksy style. There's little else to suggest it's the British rapscallion, but journalistic due diligence demands we publish the photos and speculate wildly about them. What say ... More >>
UPDATED October 31, 10:30 a.m.: The auction for Banksy's October 29 "Better Out Than In" Nazi installment closes tonight at 8 p.m. The bidding, which opened at $74,000, is up to $310,400. The auction is taking place at the charity website biddingforgood.com and proceeds will benefit the Brooklyn-bas ... More >>
And it's all over, folks. Banksy sends us off with one last tag, a bubble caps collection of balloons somewhere in Queens.
Banksy's "The Banality of the Banality of Evil" was auctioned off tonight for $615,000.00. Proceeds will benefit New York-based AIDS/HIV nonprofit Housing Works.
Banksy's "The Banality of the Banality of Evil" was sold at auction on Thursday evening for $615,000.00. Proceeds will benefit New York-based AIDS/HIV nonprofit Housing Works.
It was well worth spending the day compulsively refreshing Banksy's Instagram. The artist's penultimate showing in "Better Out Than In" is a gorgeous leopard stencil at Yankee Stadium. We don't know the precise location of the piece, titled Bronx Zoo, but it's clear that the stencil is on the wall o ... More >>
A Wall Street trader has followed through on his promise to give to the Sandy rebuilding effort even if Banksy didn't lend his star power. Nelson Saiers, the hedge fund manager behind HeyBanksy.com, a scheme to get Banksy to bring publicity to ongoing Sandy recovery efforts, has decided to donate hi ... More >>
It's the dog days of "Better Out Than In," and Banksy has decided to step away from his comfort zone in the Lower East Side and inner Brooklyn for his latest work. Today's piece is out on Coney Island: a robot standing next to a barcode.
Good morning, New York. Banksy would like to once again give you a piece of his mind. Today's entry in the ongoing Better Out Than In "residency" is a simple stencil reading "This site contains blocked messages," a response to the censorship the artist feels he has suffered at the hands of one vener ... More >>
Good morning. Banksy's still here, and we're pretty sure he thinks you're an asshole. The British scourge struck horrifyingly earlier this morning, while your humble bloggers were still caffeinating and thinking up more unkind jokes about the English. The newest piece is on the back of a truck in ... More >>
In a week full of firsts for Better Out Than In, Banksy announces not the art, but when the formal announcement of today's artwork will take place. There you have it, folks: Banksy opens up a new frontier in meta-announcements.
Looks like the Graffiti Marauder is participating in the holiday spirit. Banksy updated his Instagram at 6 p.m. (at some point during the day he pushed back the time by an hour), showing what seems to be a witch sitting on a Delorean? A frocked goat riding a bumper car? Somewhere in between? Spooooo ... More >>
Today's Banksy is in Hell's Kitchen, slapped on the door shutters of a strip club.
So this is a first: Banksy announced on his Instagram that there will be no stencil today. In simple black font on a white background, Banksy puts simply: "Today's art has been cancelled due to police activity." Easy there, partner! Runnin' Scared is sure someone will be doing art today besides you ... More >>
You guys! Banksy made a graffiti! This one's made of cinderblocks. The harbinger of the encroaching forces of English darkness turned up in Queens today. "Everything but the kitchen Sphinx," he puns on his website, horribly. "A 1/36 scale replica of the great Sphinx of Giza made from smashed cinde ... More >>
Banksy can't, and won't, stop. The latest piece in the artist's monthlong residency on the streets of New York is located in South Bronx.
Good morning/nearly afternoon! While you (we) were sleeping off that fifth rum and coke, our good friend and creeping British menace Banksy struck again. After his vaginal foray into the wilds of Staten Island yesterday, he hit the brunch-mobbed Upper West Side with this adorable child intent on des ... More >>
This morning Banksy posted video of an anthill, saying on that it's in Staten Island, checking off the last borough. The hunt has been on for the piece since this morning. You're not crazy, it looks like a vagina, and it's not the first time Banksy has mimicked, ahem, anatomy with his work. See th ... More >>
Banksy's collaborations with Brazilian street artists Os Gêmeos went up in Chelsea today as paintings. The two images, mashups of each graffiti outfits' iconic styles, were featured as cover art for the Village Voice's exclusive interview with Banksy earlier this month.
Day 17 of "Better Out Than In" takes us to Bed-Stuy south Williamsburg. The scene is silhouettes of women in kimono greeting each other atop a bridge, complete with parasols and a cherry blossom. Despite the wee stumble into stereotype, it's a pretty inventive use of the streetscape, Runnin' Scared ... More >>
Inaugurating the back half of Banksy's month-long residency in New York is an all-city exhibition of a grotesque Ronald McDonald sculpture. Yes, really.
It's been two weeks since the start of Banksy's residency, and New York City has had the privilege of playing along with one of the most famous artists of our time. We run from borough to borough for the chance to ogle his latest creation before someone defaces it or starts collecting graft from onl ... More >>
A tipster let us know that they might have spotted the new Banksy up in Morningside Heights. We haven't confirmed it to be today's Banksy, but from the looks of it, Runnin' Scared thinks we have a winner. Update, 9:15 a.m.: We have the location, but it's still unclear if it's a Banksy or not. Upda ... More >>
Despite yesterday's rumor that the next piece would be on the Upper East Side and this morning's little misdirection in Morningside Heights, today's Banksy can be found in Tribeca, according to Banksy's Instagram. Update: We found it!
We're tracking elusive street artist/provocateur/chain-yanker Banksy as he paints his way across New York for his month-long residency, Better Out Than In. To help you visualize his path, we've created a helpful map charting the locations of his work.
After making three unsuspecting passersby potentially very rich on Saturday, Banksy started off week three of "Better Out Than In" with a stencil in Queens. It's a simple design of a man erasing a movie quote written in hot pink scrawl.
Banksy set up a stand selling some of his stencils right beside Central Park on Saturday. He sold seven. An old man was posted at the stand. At one point, he methodically eats a sandwich. Riveting stuff.
Banksy is going for a more, uh, general approach with his location hints. Earlier this morning he posted Day 12's artwork, Concrete Confessional, a slouching priest framed by, well, concrete. A little more understated than screaming stuffed animals, don't you think? No audio comes with this one. We ... More >>
Banksy's whirlwind tour is really bringing out New Yorkers' entrepreneurial spirit. First came the guys charging spectators to view Banksy's newest piece, and now issues of this week's Village Voice, featuring an exclusive interview with Banksy, are being hawked on eBay for as much as $20 a set.
As many suspected yesterday, Banksy's artwork for Day 11 of "Better Out Than In" is indeed a military-style cargo vehicle hauling screaming stuffed animals (Because, who else?). "Sirens of the Lambs" will be touring the meatpacking district and then the rest of the city for the next two weeks. See ... More >>
For decades, the NYPD Citywide Vandals Task Force has pounded the pavement in its quest to end the graffiti scourge in the city. They're out there everyday, arresting graffiti artists and educating local residents on the harms of graffiti. Their dedication has earned them accolades from the city, an ... More >>
Last week Runnin' Scared reported that Nelson Saiers offered Banksy a cool $100,000 if he promised to address the Hurricane Sandy relief effort during his New York City residency. Through his website HeyBanksy.com, Saiers told the artist, "If you are willing to use your art to raise awareness for th ... More >>
Well this is refreshing: a Banksy piece in the reaches of New York's outer rim. Today's Banksy lands in East New York. Don't worry, folks, it's just a quick ride on the J train from the comfort of your South Williamsburg co-working space. That said, we're guessing this one is going to take a little ... More >>
A couple of enterprising members of the East New York community have found a way to turn a quick profit on Banksy's beaver. They've set up a pay-to-gawk scheme at 274 Bradford Street, in which one guy hassles spectators for money, while the other guy covers up the beaver with cardboard until the vie ... More >>
The Lower East Side is host to Banksy's latest piece: a crowd of stampeding horses in night-vision goggles, classical figures of men prostrating themselves before the wild stallions as they ride gallantly into battle. Or something. Anyway, we've got the location of the piece, thanks to a helpful com ... More >>
Banksy had us worried there for a second. When we hadn't seen an update on his site by noon, we figured his possible outing this weekend to reporters had scared our favorite street artist off. But at 12:30 p.m. Banksy updated his Instagram with the latest entry in his city-wide exhibition: simple t ... More >>
After the excitement of this weekend's magical truck of paradise, this morning's newest Banksy piece is a little less ambitious: It's a heart-shaped balloon, somewhere on a gray wall in Brooklyn, covered in bandages (or "plasters," as those wacky Queen's-English-speakers call them).
No update on new tags today. Banksy explains on his website, "I'm not posting any pictures today. Not after this shocking footage has emerged...", posting doctored footage of Islamist rebels lighting up Dumbo the Flying Elephant with rocket launchers. Click through for video of Al-Jazeera's latest c ... More >>
Earlier today Banksy's website was updated with his latest creation: a 1992 GMC delivery truck hauling around paradise in the back. No use in pinpointing an exact location for this one--the truck will move to a new location somewhere in the city every night at dusk. There was an earlier false alarm, ... More >>
Wowza! New York woke up this morning to not one but three new Banksy works in one day, scattered across the Lower East Side, Bushwick, and Williamsburg. The new set is called Random Graffiti Given A Broadway Makeover (An ongoing series), and they're the best ones yet. Update, 10:50 a.m.: (We think) ... More >>
This morning Runnin' Scared set out in search of all three of today's Banksy pieces. After trawling the streets of Williamsburg to no avail, we returned to the Village Voice offices in defeat. Turns out, there was nothing to find: Occupy! The Musical to be found at Broadway and Hewes Street, had alr ... More >>
One wealthy man has decided to capitalize on Banksy's exposure to bring attention to the coming anniversary of Sandy. Hedge fund manager Nelson Saiers has offered to donate $100,000 a charity support recovery efforts if Banksy uses part of his New York residency to create hurricane-related pieces. I ... More >>
Better settle in for this one, folks. At this rate, we might have daily Banksy updates during the month. At around 9 this morning, Banksy posted his third stencil to his Instagram and website in as many days. Keeping the good humor coming, this latest piece shows the silhouette of a dog taking a lea ... More >>
Believe it: Less than 24 hours since Banksy's first project in New York since 2010 appeared, and someone's gone and defaced it. Runnin' Scared received a tip late last night that someone had pilfered the "Graffiti is a Crime" sign off of Banksy's "The street is in play," the first stencil of his c ... More >>
This morning, Banksy's second piece in his month-long show went live on his site, just a few hours after his first piece, The Street Is in Play, was tagged, defaced, rebuilt, then finally buffed. The second piece has no title and is located in the impossibly vague "Westside." Luckily, Runnin' Scared ... More >>
Update: We found it! Location and photo at the end of the post. About two weeks ago, the elusive graffiti artist Banksy got the Internet whirring when he tore down his multipage website and left just a single black-and-white image of a previously unseen stenciled work and an apparent announcement o ... More >>
Mysterious British street artist Banksy just bailed out of jail two members of a Russian art collective called Voina, which means "war." Leonid Nikolayev and Oleg Vorotnikov awaited trial in a bed bug-infested St. Petersburg prison for four months until Banksy swooped in and paid their bail. ... More >>