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Trailer for BANKSY DOES NEW YORK; Documentray to Air on HBO

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 2:09 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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One of the biggest surprises for me in 2010 was how much I enjoyed Banksy‘s Exit Through the Gift Shop.  A film that begins as an exploration of street art culture eventually expanded to fascinating questions of who owns art, who is qualified to make it, and how does it function outside the confines of traditional space?  Banksy has now returned with a new documentary, Banksy Does New York (directed by Chris Moukarbel), which sees the street artist taking to NYC for a series of projects.  There does seem to be an aspect of self-glorification here, but it also looks like there’s a hook of having the documentary (or at least parts of it) comprised of social media reactions, which is a new, interesting perspective on how art is distributed, observed, and discussed. The documentary will air on HBO GO on October 31st and then premiere on regular HBO on November 17th.

Via HBO.

Here’s the official synopsis for Banksy Does New York:

Over the course of a month-long residency in New York, Banksy and his team took to the streets – secretly creating a variety of public work ranging from elaborate conceptual stunts to traditional graffiti art. Constructed under the dark of night, each new piece was then announced daily on his #BANKSYNY Instagram account and chronicled on his pop-up website creating a community wide scavenger  hunt. Constantly evading a citywide search by the NYPD, Banksy’s work created a public response that was an equal mix of reverence and derision, with some of the more controversial statements sending waves of reaction throughout the city. From a Central Park stand where priceless original works were anonymously sold for $60 to a mural on the entrance to the Hustler strip club, to a junkyard in Willets Point, Queens; New York City served as the canvas for this street art vigilante.

BANKSY DOES NEW YORK is an exhilarating documentation of Banksy’s city-wide exhibit and at the same time a vibrant portrait of the city itself.

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