My favorite film of 2010 was Banksy‘s Exit Through the Gift Shop. A film that begins as an exploration of street art culture eventually expanded to fascinating questions of who owns art, who is qualified to make it, and how does it function outside the confines of traditional space? Banksy is now the subject of a new documentary, Chris Moukarbel‘s Banksy Does New York. The film sees the street artist taking to NYC for a series of projects. It’s possible the movie could lapse into glorification (look at how everybody loves Banksy!), but it also looks like there’s a hook of having the documentary (or at least parts of it) comprised of social media reactions, which is a new, interesting perspective on how art is distributed, observed, and discussed.
Hit the jump to check out the Banksy Does New York trailer. The documentary will air on HBO GO on October 31st and then premiere on regular HBO on November 17th.
Here’s the official synopsis for Banksy Does New York:
Over the course of a month-long residency in New York, Banksy and his team took to the streets – secretly creating a variety of public work ranging from elaborate conceptual stunts to traditional graffiti art. Constructed under the dark of night, each new piece was then announced daily on his #BANKSYNY Instagram account and chronicled on his pop-up website creating a community wide scavenger hunt. Constantly evading a citywide search by the NYPD, Banksy’s work created a public response that was an equal mix of reverence and derision, with some of the more controversial statements sending waves of reaction throughout the city. From a Central Park stand where priceless original works were anonymously sold for $60 to a mural on the entrance to the Hustler strip club, to a junkyard in Willets Point, Queens; New York City served as the canvas for this street art vigilante.
BANKSY DOES NEW YORK is an exhilarating documentation of Banksy’s city-wide exhibit and at the same time a vibrant portrait of the city itself.