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 faile tower FAAM Presents Major Street Art Auction: Faile, Iena Cruz, Tracy 168, Luis Berros, Abstrk, Speedy Graphito, Banksy & more

While visiting Miami’s Design District yesterday, I had the opportunity to preview FAAM‘s sixth edition of its “Major Street Art Auction.”  Pictured above is one side of Faile‘s hugely impressive tower. Here are several more images of works that will remain on exhibit through Sunday, with a live auction tomorrow, Saturday evening, at 5PM.

Another view of Faile‘s Tower with Banksy’s Caveman on far right

faile and banksy FAAM Presents Major Street Art Auction: Faile, Iena Cruz, Tracy 168, Luis Berros, Abstrk, Speedy Graphito, Banksy & more

Federico Massa aka Iena Cruz, Glass Eye, Acrylic on canvas

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Tracy 168, Wild Style, Mixed-media on canvas

tracy168 faam FAAM Presents Major Street Art Auction: Faile, Iena Cruz, Tracy 168, Luis Berros, Abstrk, Speedy Graphito, Banksy & more

Luis Berros, Khalo, Mixed media on wood panel

luis berros FAAM FAAM Presents Major Street Art Auction: Faile, Iena Cruz, Tracy 168, Luis Berros, Abstrk, Speedy Graphito, Banksy & more

Tats Cru and more, Mixed media with enamel paint on digital photo on five foam core panels

tats cru graffiti FAAM Presents Major Street Art Auction: Faile, Iena Cruz, Tracy 168, Luis Berros, Abstrk, Speedy Graphito, Banksy & more

Abstrk, Untitled, spray enamel on wood panel

abstrk faam FAAM Presents Major Street Art Auction: Faile, Iena Cruz, Tracy 168, Luis Berros, Abstrk, Speedy Graphito, Banksy & more

Speedy Graphito, American Kings, Acrylic on canvas

speedy graphito FAAM FAAM Presents Major Street Art Auction: Faile, Iena Cruz, Tracy 168, Luis Berros, Abstrk, Speedy Graphito, Banksy & more

Flyer with info — featuring Banksy’s Caveman

banksy auction FAAM Presents Major Street Art Auction: Faile, Iena Cruz, Tracy 168, Luis Berros, Abstrk, Speedy Graphito, Banksy & more

 Photos of artworks 1-7 by Lois Stavsky

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banksy urban art in a material world edited 1 Ulrich Blanché on <em>Banksy: Urban Art in a Material World</em>

Penned by Ulrich Blanché, Banksy: Urban Art in a Material World focuses primarily on Banksy’s relationship with consumer culture.  With its thoroughly-researched appendix documenting everything from Banksy record album covers to his exhibition catalogs, it is the first comprehensive academic study of Banksy’s art.  An interview with the author follows:

Your book, Banksy: Urban Art in a Material World, began as a dissertational thesis.  Why did you choose to focus your studies on Banksy? What is it specifically about him that so intrigued you?

I was first introduced to street art and stencils in 2006 on a trip to Melbourne, Australia. And while visiting a museum bookshop there, I discovered Banksy’s book Wall and Piece. I was instantly fascinated and found myself going through it page by page. I liked the way each of his pieces has a distinct message or lesson that is transmitted in a humorous way.  I knew then that I would like to research and write about his work.

Banksy stencil art  Ulrich Blanché on <em>Banksy: Urban Art in a Material World</em>

You draw parallels between Banksy and the contemporary British artist Damien Hirst. You discuss their collaborations, as well. Can you tell us something about that?  What are some of the essential similarities between the two? What did each have to gain by collaborating?

It might still shock some people that Hirst, the personification of capitalism, and Banksy, the art guerilla, collaborated. They knew each other since about 2000, and Hirst supported Banksy early on. It was kind of like Warhol and Basquiat.  The established artist gains coolness and the newer artist gains credibility.  The two artists admired each other’s works – and both Banksy and Hirst shared a morbid and humorous sensibility. 

Among Banksy’s subjects are both capitalism and religion – often merged in a particular image.  Do any particular images stand out to you? And why do they?

Banksy does not really focus on religion except in relation to consumption. Shopping/ Money is the god of today. No particular work stands out for me. Some are weaker; some are better.

Banksy in NYC Ulrich Blanché on <em>Banksy: Urban Art in a Material World</em>

To what do you attribute Banksy’s extraordinary commercial success?

I suspect that Banksy actually earns much less than people think he does. His income comes from the sale of prints, books, DVDs… The people who bought a Banksy for 50 quid 15 years ago or received a Banksy as a present have profited  tremendously.

As Banksy rails against consumerism, he — himself — is a master at manipulating consumers.  Why might we have become such a society of consumers? Any thoughts?

We are easily manipulated, even when we know we are being manipulated.

Banksy stencil art creative commons Ulrich Blanché on <em>Banksy: Urban Art in a Material World</em>

How essential are the streets to Banksy’s success?

The street is his canvas – it is the means he uses to communicate. To remove the street from Banksy’s work is like removing a figure from a Rembrandt. If you manage to keep the context with photos, videos, background info, the work may survive indoors – once it’s no longer on the street. In Banksy’s words: “’I don’t know if street art ever really works indoors. If you domesticate an animal, it goes from being wild and free to sterile, fat and sleepy. So maybe the art should stay outside. Then again, some old people get a lot of comfort from having a pet around the house.”

Where is it all going? Will Banksy’s popularity and commercial success continue to rise? Will Banksy continue to use the streets as a canvas? Or will he become less dependent on them? What are your thoughts?

Street Art is over.  Most works on the street today are authorized murals or pieces in areas where the artist wants to be seen and photographed by the “right” people — whoever that might be.  Street art has become urban art for Instagram. Banksy will last. He will put a few works on the street every year and pull off a big event every few years. I hope he will publish another huge book of his works or lead a little revolution somewhere. That would be fun.

Banksy stencil art Shop Until You Drop Ulrich Blanché on <em>Banksy: Urban Art in a Material World</em>

Originally written in German and published by TectumBanksy: Urban Art in a Material World has been translated into English and is available here.

Interview conducted and edited by Lois Stavsky; images 2, 4 & 5 Creative Commons & 3 captured by Lenny Collado in NYC

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Brimming with stylish graffiti, witty stencil art and a wonderfully eclectic mix of murals, Bristol has it all!  Here is a small sampling of images that we captured earlier this month:

Bristol-based Sepr

sepr bristol street art Street Art NYC in Bristol: Sepr, Nick Walker, Banksy, Philth, N4T4, Jody Thomas, Epok and Soker

Bristol native Nick Walker

nick walker Bristol stencil art Street Art NYC in Bristol: Sepr, Nick Walker, Banksy, Philth, N4T4, Jody Thomas, Epok and Soker

Bristol’s legendary Banksy, ”Well-Hung Lover”

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Bristol-based Philth and UK artist N4T4

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Bristol-based Jody Thomas

Jody thomas bristol street art Street Art NYC in Bristol: Sepr, Nick Walker, Banksy, Philth, N4T4, Jody Thomas, Epok and Soker

Bristol-based Epok

Epok graffiti Bristol Street Art NYC in Bristol: Sepr, Nick Walker, Banksy, Philth, N4T4, Jody Thomas, Epok and Soker

Bristol-based Soker

soker graffiti bristol Street Art NYC in Bristol: Sepr, Nick Walker, Banksy, Philth, N4T4, Jody Thomas, Epok and Soker

 Photo credits: 1, 4-7 Tara Murray; 2 & 3 Lois Stavsky

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This is the sixth in a series of occasional posts featuring images of children that surface on NYC public spaces:

Jerkface in the East Village

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Axel Void in East Harlem

Axel Void street art East Harlem Kids on Walls — Part VI: Jerkface, Axel Void, Billy Mode & Chris Stain, Damien Mitchell, Enzo & Nio, Banksy, Jef Aerosol and Razo & Dead Rat

Billy Mode and Chris Stain at the Bushwick Collective

billy mode chris stain 2 Kids on Walls — Part VI: Jerkface, Axel Void, Billy Mode & Chris Stain, Damien Mitchell, Enzo & Nio, Banksy, Jef Aerosol and Razo & Dead Rat

Damien Mitchell at the Bushwick Collective

damien mitchell bushwick close up Kids on Walls — Part VI: Jerkface, Axel Void, Billy Mode & Chris Stain, Damien Mitchell, Enzo & Nio, Banksy, Jef Aerosol and Razo & Dead Rat

Enzo and Nio in Williamsburg

enzo nio street art brooklyn nyc Kids on Walls — Part VI: Jerkface, Axel Void, Billy Mode & Chris Stain, Damien Mitchell, Enzo & Nio, Banksy, Jef Aerosol and Razo & Dead Rat

Banksy on the Upper West Side

Banksy stencil art nyc Kids on Walls — Part VI: Jerkface, Axel Void, Billy Mode & Chris Stain, Damien Mitchell, Enzo & Nio, Banksy, Jef Aerosol and Razo & Dead Rat

Jef Aerosol at the Bushwick Collective

jef aerosol street art nushwick collective nyc Kids on Walls — Part VI: Jerkface, Axel Void, Billy Mode & Chris Stain, Damien Mitchell, Enzo & Nio, Banksy, Jef Aerosol and Razo & Dead Rat

Razo and Dead Rat on the Lower East Side

razo street art Kids on Walls — Part VI: Jerkface, Axel Void, Billy Mode & Chris Stain, Damien Mitchell, Enzo & Nio, Banksy, Jef Aerosol and Razo & Dead Rat

Photo 1, 3 – 6 by Dani Reyes Mozeson; 2, 7 & 8 by Lois Stavsky

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Banksy I love NY Banksy in New York: Writer and Photographer Ray Mock Chronicles Banksys New York Residency

The following guest post is by Houda Lazrak, a graduate student in Museum Studies at New York University.

Last October, the British stencil artist Banksy paid an unexpected visit to New York City. And fervently chronicling the elusive artist’s daily workings — during his month-long residency —  was writer and photographer Ray Mock. The founder of Carnage NYC, Mock presents — in Banksy in New York – a comprehensive and insightful account of the month that captivated us street art aficionados, along with so many other New Yorkers.

Banksy in New York Banksy in New York: Writer and Photographer Ray Mock Chronicles Banksys New York Residency

For each of Banksy’s pieces, Mock offers a short narrative, providing insights into the various sites and neighborhoods, as well as into the artworks and the reactions they elicited. Each account is complemented with a range of photographs — from selected close-ups to shots of strangers’ poses with the pieces.

Banksy with hammer Banksy in New York: Writer and Photographer Ray Mock Chronicles Banksys New York Residency

In addition to chronicling the pieces that surface throughout the month, Mock shares first-hand insider anecdotes.  We follow him on his adventurous rides to the designated locations and we meet some of the others out there  – who, too, are obsessed with locating and photographing every Banksy piece that appears. Mock also offers us intriguing background information. He recounts, for example, how a half-joke by a local resident to charge for photographs of the East New York beaver stencil resulted in a price tag of $20 for each photograph shot that day.

Banksy East NY Banksy in New York: Writer and Photographer Ray Mock Chronicles Banksys New York Residency

As Banksy’s pieces — particularly those that are politically-motivated — are contingent on location, the local viewers’ reactions and interpretations are part of the process. Banksy’s piece, Ghetto 4 Life, in the Melrose section of the Bronx, for example, did not go over well with Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, who had loved Banksy’s previous Ronald McDonald installation.

Banksy Ghetto 4 life Banksy in New York: Writer and Photographer Ray Mock Chronicles Banksys New York Residency

Despite all the attention Banksy’s residency received in the media, Mock provides us with something that was lacking — an overarching personal account of Banksy’s legacy on this city’s urban and social landscape. We speculate, along with Mock, on Banksy’s possible intentions and we embrace the artist’s uncensored creative expression.

Banksy Graffiti is a crime Banksy in New York: Writer and Photographer Ray Mock Chronicles Banksys New York Residency

In addition to the limited edition of the book — with a screen printed cover —  which can now be purchased via Ray’s site, a new hardcover edition will be available for pre-order on his site starting on November 3. It will also be in bookstores by Thanksgiving.

All photos by Ray Mock

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Featured in SCOPE New York 2014 are over 30 artists who are, also, active on our cities’ streets. Here’s a small sampling:

Judith Supine at Black Book Gallery

Judith Supine art scope SCOPE New York 2014 with Judith Supine, Beau Stanton, My Dog Sighs, Stormie Mills, Know Hope, Peeta, Mark Jenkins, Banksy and more

Beau Stanton at Moniker Projects

Beau Stanton Scope SCOPE New York 2014 with Judith Supine, Beau Stanton, My Dog Sighs, Stormie Mills, Know Hope, Peeta, Mark Jenkins, Banksy and more

My Dog Sighs at Vertical Gallery

My Dog Sighs art Scope SCOPE New York 2014 with Judith Supine, Beau Stanton, My Dog Sighs, Stormie Mills, Know Hope, Peeta, Mark Jenkins, Banksy and more

Stormie Mills at Vertical Gallery

Stormie Mills art Scope SCOPE New York 2014 with Judith Supine, Beau Stanton, My Dog Sighs, Stormie Mills, Know Hope, Peeta, Mark Jenkins, Banksy and more

Know Hope at Thinkspace Gallery

KnowHope art Scope SCOPE New York 2014 with Judith Supine, Beau Stanton, My Dog Sighs, Stormie Mills, Know Hope, Peeta, Mark Jenkins, Banksy and more

Peeta at C.A.V.E. Gallery

Peeta graffiti scope SCOPE New York 2014 with Judith Supine, Beau Stanton, My Dog Sighs, Stormie Mills, Know Hope, Peeta, Mark Jenkins, Banksy and more

Mark Jenkins at Fabien Castanier

Mark Jenkins sculpture Scope1 SCOPE New York 2014 with Judith Supine, Beau Stanton, My Dog Sighs, Stormie Mills, Know Hope, Peeta, Mark Jenkins, Banksy and more

And Banksy at ArtNow NY

Banksy stencil art Scope SCOPE New York 2014 with Judith Supine, Beau Stanton, My Dog Sighs, Stormie Mills, Know Hope, Peeta, Mark Jenkins, Banksy and more

Located at 312 West 33rd St between 8th & 9th Ave, the fair continues through tomorrow, Sunday, March 9.  General admission is $25.00; student admission is $15.00.

Photos of artworks by Dani Reyes Mozeson and Lois Stavsky

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This is the fourth in an occasional series featuring images of males who surface on NYC public spaces:

Banksy on Manhattan’s Lower East Side

Banksy street art NYC Guys on Walls, Part IV: Banksy, Peat Wollaeger, Icy and Sot, Dr. Revolt, Manny Vega and Owen Dippie

Peat Wollaeger at Welling Court in Astoria, Queens

Peat Wollaeger Mandela street art Welling Court NYC 2 Guys on Walls, Part IV: Banksy, Peat Wollaeger, Icy and Sot, Dr. Revolt, Manny Vega and Owen Dippie

Icy and Sot in Bushwick, Brooklyn

Icy and Sot stencil art NYC Guys on Walls, Part IV: Banksy, Peat Wollaeger, Icy and Sot, Dr. Revolt, Manny Vega and Owen Dippie

Dr. Revolt in the East Village

Dr. Revolt street art NYC Guys on Walls, Part IV: Banksy, Peat Wollaeger, Icy and Sot, Dr. Revolt, Manny Vega and Owen Dippie

Manny Vega in East Harlem

Maanny Vega public art East Harlem NYC Guys on Walls, Part IV: Banksy, Peat Wollaeger, Icy and Sot, Dr. Revolt, Manny Vega and Owen Dippie

 Owen Dippie in Bushwick

owen dippie street art Guys on Walls, Part IV: Banksy, Peat Wollaeger, Icy and Sot, Dr. Revolt, Manny Vega and Owen Dippie

Photo of Banksy by Lenny Collado; of Peat Wollaeger and Manny Vega by Lois Stavsky; of Icy and Sot and Owen Dippie by Tara Murray; of Dr. Revolt by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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