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Banksy's $60 Art for Sale on the Street: An Experiment in Context, Perception and Priorities

Carolyn Sams

This past weekend, Banksy set up a stall in Central Park selling "100% authentic original signed Banksy canvases. For $60 each." By the end of the day, he made only $420. Ha! Whatta trickster, that Banksy...
Click through to read the similar stunt by the Washington Post + famed violinist Josh in "Pearls Before Breakfast".

So -
How much does our experience rely on context?
Do we pay oodles of cash because someone told us to?
Do we need trusted venues or can we trust our own sense of art?

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  • David Zimmerman

    Banksy is a marketing genius, along with being an incredible artist driven by disrupting society by asking "why?" There are so many Banksy wannabes out there, making people think that the probability of those stencils being real is slim to none. Banksy knows that, which is why his NY experiment has been so interesting. You never know what he's going to do next.

    I remember living in a tiny mountain town up in Edwards, Colorado and seeing one of his signature painter images tagged on the side of an old rundown building. Something similar to this I highly doubt it was an actual Banksy painting, but it made me question that simple idea.

    Keep it up Banksy!

  • Charlotte Bain

    I think that was so kool. I would love to sell his art on any street :)

  • Hajidaas

    I feel like Banksy is the art worlds Kurt Vonnegut. I'd like to have a beer with that man.

  • Michelle Heathers

    It's amazing that, in our social media'ized culture, word didn't get out more about this in NYC! I wonder why that sometimes happen, and other times it doesn't...

    • Carolyn Sams

      Yeah, I guess it was pretty under the radar with just a blog post afterwards. And how would people have been able to trust that these were even authentic in the first place!

      (I also think his $60 price point is interesting...high enough to deter most people looking for a cheap buy, but clearly a STEAL compared to the ridiculous amount they typically go for.)

  • Jessica Rivera

    This is crazy! I'm still waiting to come across some of his new stuff in NYC. Value is really tied up with context....and trends. Imagine the frenzy if even just ONE person noticed!