Keeping an eye out for art in the park
If you know who Banksy is, you wont be surprised by this story.
Banksy is a graffiti artist of sorts. His works are drawn on canvas or, say, on the side of a truck or even on a wall. Typically his work will fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars. He has drawn warhorses in night vision goggles and dogs urinating on a fire hydrant.
And perhaps burnishing his eccentric reputation, over the weekend, he set up a starving-artist stall in Central Park, in New York City, and according to him sold original signed canvases for $60. The old man he had working the stall made his first sale after four hours, Banksy said on his website, banksy.co.uk.
A woman from New Zealand bought two signed Banksy pieces for $120, which may qualify as the bargain of a lifetime.
Banksy is described as secretive, but that sounds as much a marketing gimmick as anything else. Why do this sale in Central Park if he didnt want to be noticed?
And what is art is in the eye of the beholder. A lot of people will see a Banksy and see wondrous, challenging and different art. Others will see graffiti and keep on walking.