Artist, enigma, criminal--it all depends on who you ask. Banksy, arguably the most well-known graffiti artist in the world, collaborated with HBO to produce this 2014 documentary chronicling his month-long residency in NYC. Utilizing YouTube videos and Instagram posts of users eagerly hunting each daily pop-up installation, the film captures the excitement and controversy of Banksy’s art and mythos. Perhaps the artist himself says it best: “The outside is where art should live, amongst us, where it can act as a public service, promote debate, voice concerns and forge identities. Don’t we want to live in a world made of art, not just decorated by it?”

The HBO documentary Banksy Does New York asks, “Who owns art?”


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Mental illness often leaves those afflicted feeling isolated, misunderstood and alone. The state-funded NYC Mural Arts Project aims to foster open dialogue and education about mental illness through community events, workshops and the creation of murals across New York City. Bringing local leaders and community-based organizations together, NYCMAP embarks on a nine-month creative process. At every step of the way, local community members are able to assist in the creation of a mural that represents all voices. This welcoming group atmosphere coupled with the wide variety of mental health resources offered allows NYCMAP to dispel negative stigmas about mental illness with every mural.

NYC Mural Arts Project

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Off the beaten path, far from the throngs of tourists, a treasure trove of hidden gems lies waiting to be discovered by the intrepid street art enthusiast. Mercado Abelardo Rodríguez is a traditional open-air market, considered to be a prototype model upon its construction in the 1930s. Utilizing Baroque, Belle Époque, Art Nouveau and Art Deco elements, the architecture provides a unique background for the many stunning murals that grace its walls. With works from legendary artists such as Ramón Alva, Pablo O’Higgins, Antonio Pujol, and sisters Marion and Grace Greenwood, the murals are both an homage to the legendary Diego Rivera (who oversaw much of their creation) and an embrace of socialist ideology.

Whitney - Vida Americana: Mexican Muralists Remake American Art, 1925–1945

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