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Book Review: 10 Years Later – “Banksy in New York” at MCL in Berlin

Book Review: 10 Years Later – “Banksy in New York” at MCL in Berlin

Banksy In New York. Ray Mock. NYC 2019. Martha Cooper Libray at Urban Nation Museum Berlin. (photo © Eveline Wilson)

As we commemorate the 10th anniversary of Banksy’s iconic residency on the streets of New York, we also mark the beginning of our reviews for the Martha Cooper Library (MCL) collection at Urban Nation in Berlin. As stewards of the library and holders of the #2 and #3 library cards, we take pride in introducing you to the ever-expanding collection of materials dedicated to the global street art and graffiti movement. This repository is a valuable resource not only for academic researchers but also for ardent enthusiasts. Our aim is to transform it into a world-class hub for research on this remarkable grassroots art movement, and we believe it’s essential to acquaint you with its contents.

Books in the MCL: BANKSY IN NEW YORK. Ray Mock. 2019


📖 | Title: Banksy in New York
📚 | Media group: Book
🖋 | Author: Mock, Ray (author); Banksy (artist)
🗓 | Year: 2019
💬 | Language: English

Text: Steven P. Harrington & Jaime Rojo

Banksy In New York. Ray Mock. NYC 2019. Martha Cooper Libray at Urban Nation Museum Berlin. (photo © Eveline Wilson)

For 31 days in October of 2013, UK street artist Banksy “gifted” New York City with daily new surprises on the streets in all five boroughs – effectively involving citizens in his self-designed residency. It is traditional for graffiti writers in New York to claim to go “all-city,” and author Ray Mock has covered the tags, fill-ins, and pieces by hundreds of writers as a one-man documentarian of graffiti at Carnage NYC Publishing. Here he tracks the daily movements of Banksy through the city to document the usual, unusual, and often witty acts of one of the most famous, yet anonymous, street artists and his presumed team of assistants, actors, and performers. Each installation has a social or political story, often with a deep sense of critique.

Banksy In New York. Ray Mock. NYC 2019. Martha Cooper Libray at Urban Nation Museum Berlin. (photo © Eveline Wilson)

Banksy in New York is well-illustrated with shots of the odd and interesting installations of his “Better Out Than In” show as it was unveiled via social media. He also captures the scenes, sometimes containing mayhem, that popped up around them as word spread on social media that a new Banksy had appeared. For a New Yorker proud of his turf and a wizened observer of the rise in popularity of street art, Mock examines the various installations and looks for a personal firsthand voice to describe the art and the events so the reader may feel like they understand what it was like to be there.

To learn more about the Martha Cooper Library at Urban Nation Museum Berlin and to continue reading the review, click HERE to go to the Urban Nation website.

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ART – Das Kunstmagazin: Street Art New Special Issue

ART – Das Kunstmagazin: Street Art New Special Issue

Gruner + Jahr, Europe’s largest publishing firm has just released a hot issue of their magazine ART that focuses exclusively on Street Art and we are pleased that they asked us to participate. You’ll see a number of names you recognize in this magazine that reads more like a book – although you’ll need to be familiar with German.

Of special note for us are the spreads that include many images by BSA editor of photography Jaime Rojo whose shots of work by Brooklyn’s Swoon make us happy just to see them here across the pages of this prestigious magazine.


ART Magazine (photo © Jaime Rojo)


ART Magazine: Swoon. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


ART Magazine: Swoon. All top small images here by Jaime Rojo (photo © Jaime Rojo)


ART Magazine: Swoon. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

We don’t usually mention print releases on the editorial part of the site but it just so happens that today a new screenprint edition of “Dawn and Gemma” by Swoon is being released at 12 noon New York time. We saw this image first this spring at the Brooklyn Museum exhibit “Submerged Motherlands” and spoke about it during our In Conversation show there with her in April. Currently she’s just done a version of this in Miami as well. Her print is being released alongside a new print by another Brooklyn Street Artist Elbow-Toe. Check out more news on Paper Monster’s site.



ART Magazine: ECB. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


ART Magazine: Banksy- some of these same shots are in the new Banksy in New York book by Ray Mock that we wrote the introduction to. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


ART Magazine: Os Gemeos. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


ART Magazine: Alexis Diaz – currently knocking them out in Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


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Winners Announced: BSA Black Friday Giveaway of “Banksy In New York”

Winners Announced: BSA Black Friday Giveaway of “Banksy In New York”

Five Instagram Accounts Picked to Win

brooklyn-street-art-740-banksy-in-new-york-ray-mock-hard-cover-1-InstagramThere are SO many avid and creative fans of Banksy on Instagram it’s pretty astounding. If you look through all of the feeds from the folks who tagged #BSABlackFriday on Instagram you will find some serious fans of Street Art, and a few artists as well. It was great to learn more about you and the stuff you take shots of, where you like to go – and it is generally gratifying to see the BSA community in all your splendor. Makes us love you more!

Thank you to every person who tagged their own Banksy photos for the BSA Black Friday Giveaway – it was seriously difficult to pick the best and we wish we could have picked more. We basically looked for the personal story and a good shot.

Here are the winners – go check them out on Instagram.


If you won, send us an email so we know where to send your book. Thank you sincerely to EVERYONE who participated – BSA peeps are the best.



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Brooklyn-Street-Art-Banksy-In-New-York-Ray-Mock-740-BiNY-hardcoverThe new extended hardcover edition of Banksy In New York, by Ray Mock with introduction by BSA’s Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo is also available now at

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BSA Does Banksy (New Doc and Book Projects)

BSA Does Banksy (New Doc and Book Projects)

BSA founders appear in new documentary on HBO debuting November 17 and write the introduction for new book on world’s best known elusive street artist.


Both “Banksy Does New York” and “Banksy In New York” debut one year after the elusive British street artist known as Banksy launched a self-proclaimed month-long residency in New York City, the city that spawned the modern graffiti and Street Art movement.

Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo, founders of and authors of Brooklyn Street Art and Street Art New York (Prestel/Random House) and over 200 global street art articles on The Huffington Post and French and Spanish subsidiaries, help set the tone for the story in the new documentary BANKSY DOES NEW YORK which premiered in New York City this Friday night (9/14) at the DOC NYC festival and will debut nationwide Monday November 17th at 9pm on HBO.

“We are completely honored that director Chris Moukarbel and producer Jack Turner interviewed us first for this important piece of modern street art storytelling because we were really able to tell it from the perspective of New Yorkers who cover the scene daily from the street,” says Harrington, Editor in Chief.

The film engages everyday New Yorkers, street art fans, Banksy hunters, and general mainstream media as well as experts on the present day graffiti and street art scene like photographer Luna Park, blogger RJ Rushmore (Vandalog), culture critic and curator Carlo McCormick, editor Hrag Vartanian of Hyperallergic, and artist/blogger Robert Stevens.


A second Banksy-related project debuting at the same time is the release of the book, BANKSY IN NEW YORK by Ray Mock, founder of the independent publisher Carnage NYC, who has been documenting street art and graffiti in New York and around the world for almost 10 years. The book contains Mock’s personal account and photographs of the month-long installation.


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YO Banksy! A Year Since “Better Out Than In”

YO Banksy! A Year Since “Better Out Than In”

As we hear of the sudden appearance of a new Banksy in southeast England we recall that it was exactly a year ago today that the international Street Art man of mystery grabbed New York by the mobiles and invited everyone to a month-long exhibition of painting, sculpture, installation, performance and real life detective games on our own streets.

To commemorate Banksy’s very successful offering to the city and the excitement that ensued with its inhabitants we decided to put together a series of messages left out for him on walls, doors, trucks and fences. Not all the messages are demonstrations of love (indeed some are hostile) but all them are an indication of his clever ability to move people with wit and indicate a certain feeling of familiarity that people have with the anonymous Street Artist.


COST played on his own famous wheatpastes from an earlier era (“Cost Fucked Madonna”) and updated it for a new time and gender. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

We’ve all recovered quite well of course from the month-long treasure hunt, and for many it was enough of a jarring public works project/ anthropological experiment / hype campaign to merit a year of examination and reflection. And now, the commemorations: This fall we know of at least one book (Banksy in New York) and one documentary (Banksy Does New York) that will mark the anniversary of the “Better Out Than In” residency and many New Yorkers will remember their own keen behaviors on social media and crowded sidewalks chasing after the near-daily revelations – and a few may possibly experience joy or a twinge of awkward discomfort in retrospect.

We think the biggest takeaway for us was that whether it was man or marketing team, Banksy helped New Yorkers to re-examine nearly everything in the man-made environment and to consider that it may actually be a piece of art.


COST. Redacted (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For the guys and gals who make up the graffiti/ Street Art scene in New York of course, not everyone was gob-smacked by this peer, this charming and wisecracking Brit who monopolized the mindshare of fans of art in the streets. Almost from Day 1 the buffs, the side busting, the cross-outs, and the free-flowing entreaties addressing our visiting jester were alternately ringing of respect, bemusement, longing after, semi-passive xenophobia, or full-on red-faced insults.  And of course there were those just along for the coat-tail ride.

It’s all really just part of the ongoing conversation that always exists on the street, and while you may not have caught all the action last October a look at these images will inform you that Banksy’s impact was felt by many.


Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Alex Gardega (detail) (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Hot Tea (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Artist Unknown. This piece predates his “Residency” but we decided to include it as a tribute to him. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Artist Unknown. This piece is predates his “Residency” but we decided to include it for the same reasons expressed above. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)


#Anonymous (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Franksy (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Franksy (photo © Jaime Rojo)


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