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Banksy Gets the New Yorker Treatment

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You know your career can’t have too many more peaks when the New Yorker sends out a writer to do a multi-page feature on you. Such is the case with Banksy Was Here” by Lauren Collins in the latest issue. It’s a look back at the career of the mysterious, anti-art-world-artist and it’s a really fun read, leaving you, much like after seeing his work, happy, curious, and maybe even a little pissed off. Here’s a bit about his infamous show from last year (the one with the painted elephant):

[John Unangst] recalled, “Some people I work with called me up and said, ‘Can they come and look at your warehouse?’ We set up a meeting in the middle of the night. Banksy rolls up in an S.U.V. and looks around. He asked me if I had any problems with him bringing in a live elephant, and I said, ‘No, it’s cool.’” Unangst was instructed to refer to Banksy by an alias, which he refused to divulge, except to say that it was “a regular male name.”

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