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by elizabeth dilts
Banksy's 'The Banality Of The Banality Of Evil'.
The graffiti artist’s latest prank on New York art world hangs in a thrift shop.
The renegade graffiti artist Banksy snubbed the art world again earlier this week when he dropped off one of his paintings at a New York City thrift store.
The Housing Works thrift store, part of a chain that sells donated knick-knacks to fund charities for AIDS and the homeless, began auctioning the Banksy original for US$74,000 (RM229,400) on Tuesday. By Wednesday afternoon, it was already going for $220,000 (RM682,000).
Update: Bidding for the painting closed at US$610,000 (RM1.89mil) on Friday.
The British artist, who has remained anonymous since his work debuted in 1993, has been treating New Yorkers to a new piece of art each day of October for his “Better Out Than In” series. The artwork – including stenciled rats graffitied on a Brooklyn building wall and the large statues of McDonald’s Corp advertising icon Ronald McDonald getting a shoe shine displayed in the Bronx – pop up in unexpected locations and have attracted flocks of fans.
The thrift store’s oil painting is a commonplace landscape featuring a mountain and a bench that Banksy bought and then added to, painting a Nazi soldier sitting on the bench gazing at the scenery. He named it The Banality Of The Banality Of Evil.
Store employees say the painting has received mostly positive reactions. It is currently hanging in the store’s front window on East 23rd Street above a tomato-red loveseat and a dated wooden coffee table.
“I’m just happy it’s going to our cause regardless of the image,” store employee Archer Brady said, adding that the painting will be taken down after the auction ends today. — Reuters
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