Banksy Continues to Tease Us, This Time on His Own Website
Elusive artistic prankster Banksy is up to his old tricks, alerting us to his latest projects the only way he knows how: by surreptitiously updating his website with news, but little fanfare.
On Monday evening, the cloaked British street artist added an interview, a collection of new images and a still shot of a film clip titled “Better Out Than In”—the same name he used for his takeover of New York’s walls last October. It’s his most recent public (albeit contained) announcement, following a recent exhibition of his work at Sotheby’s in London.
The clip, which appeared on the artist’s YouTube page in late May, features Banksy in a black balaclava on the streets of New York City. That the artist chose to post a still from the video on his site Monday—nearly 15 days after it first emerged—may suggest a full-length film is in the works. For his part, Banksy posted the still under a new portion of his website titled “Films.”
The new interview, in which Banksy is both questioner and interlocutor, answers a few lingering questions. For example, the artist admits that, yes, he was behind a mysterious mural that appeared in Cheltenham, England, in April, that features spies tapping a phone booth. And, no, he wasn’t such a fan of the recent retrospective of his work at Sotheby’s, citing himself as a “gold coin” in the story of Robin Hood. The retrospective was billed as an “unauthorized” one, formulated without his help.
Perhaps the most telling—but not all that surprising—portion of his short Q&A are his answers to general questions about his art. Asking himself “What’s the worst thing about street art?” and “What’s the best thing about street art?” he replies: “Having to make your mistakes in public.”
Banksy also updated his website with more than 40 new images, some of them of works that, as the Telegraph points out, have never been seen before online.
Whether a feature-length film actually comes of the new still, which is otherwise just continued advertising for his YouTube clip, remains to be seen. According to Street Art News, a full trailer is set to emerge in the next three days. A previous documentary on Banksy and his work “Exit Through the Gift Shop” aired in 2010.