Banksy NYC Stall

Selling Banksy’s Art

Since October 1st, elusive street artist Banksy has been leaving his mark in New York during a month-long residency called “Better Out Than In“. This weekend, as part of his live exhibition, Banksy set up a stall in Central Park where an unknown man sold “100% authentic original signed Banksy canvases” to the general public for $60 each. The stall contained about 25 spray art canvasses – eight paintings were sold (two were bargained down to $30 each).

Banksy NYC StallPhoto courtesy of Banksy.

For comparison, in 2007 Banksy’s work “Space Girl & Bird” was purchased for $576,000, and in 2008 his canvas “Keep it Spotless” was sold for $1,870,000. The BBC estimates the pieces sold yesterday could be worth as much as $31,000 each. Accompanying video can be seen on BanksyNY youtube account.

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Books That Every Artist Should Own

After consulting with fellow artists, professors, historians and college syllabi, ARTINFO has put together this list of books all artists should own. With an eye toward a balance of theory, history, reference, and practical guides this list includes over 22 books covering a multitude of subjects surrounding art.

Highest Highs And Lowest Lows

The DAX (Deutscher Aktien IndeX - German Stock Index) 1980-2009

In his collection titled “High Altitude”, artist Michael Najjar has created beautiful semi-realistic images of mountain ranges out of photographs he took while in the Argentinean Mountains. Interestingly, the re-worked mountain ranges actually visualize the ups and downs of leading global stock indices over the past twenty to thirty years. Pictured above is a representation of

“The virtual data mountains of the stock market charts are sublimated in the materiality of the Argentinean mountainscape. The jagged rock formations act as a symbol of the thin edge between reality and simulation.”

More of Michael’s photos are below the fold.
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William Lamson

Brooklyn based photographer and video artist William Lamson has some downright genius work over at his website. Much of his work involves itself with bb guns, balloons, gigantic paper airplanes, and more often than not, himself. His work is full of humor and surprises and was a joy to spend some time viewing.

My favorites include Work #7 from his Intervention project. It was a blast to watch and reminded me of games found at the local fair mixed with colorado blizzards and “The Christmas Story”. Watch it you’ll see what I mean. If you don’t have the time to sort through all his work (I recommend you find the time) I also recommend watching Bubbles (I need to learn how to do that), Video #8 from his Actions project and Emerge is simply beautiful.

Embarrassed, Alternatively

I was somehow up and at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival before noon on Monday. It was pretty good. There were a bunch of the same artists that were there two years ago (I didn’t go last year) that I really enjoy (Jamie Perry, John Harris) and a handful of new ones that I really enjoyed (Kathleen Eaton). Gijyun might be interested to know I saw a “performance” by the two-fisted rock-me artist. He “did” Bono. Mostly it made me giggle, stare at my shoes and shake my head, and become embarrassed, alternatively. It was pretty hot there so I didn’t spend as much time looking around as I had previous times. It was a pleasant afternoon.

Rupturing Canine

This guy has been at it for a little while now. He’s come a long way since his first drawing. For some reason I really like his drawings. I can’t tell if it’s the creativity or the simplicity that I like most. Maybe it’s because it seems Sam Brown draws just because he likes to. Not for money, not as a job, or not to “express his complicated emotions”. And I love it when an artist will say this “you do not need my permission. I urge you to use my drawings however you like. print them out and hang them up. email them to friends. paint your own copies of them on your walls. use them in your Powerpoint presentations.” Anyway, if you don’t feel like exploring the links, a few of my most recent favorites can be found below. Enjoy.
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