Banksy shows up in force in New Orleans

August 30th, 2008

Banksy New Orleans Katrina Supertouch
A new Banksy mural that recently popped up in New Orleans via Supertouch

Banksy has chosen New Orleans for the location of his most recent work. Throughout the city, Banksy has created more than 12 murals that depict Abraham Lincoln as a homeless man, a marching band wearing gas masks, and a boy flying a refrigerator kite. The New York Times reports that in a statement released by Banksy, the murals were created in response to Fred Radtke, an antigraffiti campaigner also known as the Gray Ghost, who uses gray paint to cover up graffiti. The statement released by Banksy also said, “Three years after Katrina I wanted to make a statement about the state of the clean up operation.”

Banksy Tags the Big Easy [ArtInfo]
Banksy Hits New Orleans [NYTimes]
Banksy Does New Orleans [Gawker]
Banksy Paints New Orleans as Katrina Memorial [Supertouch]
Stencil artist Banksy visits New Orleans [TheAustralian]


Banksy in New Orleans via Gawker

Last year, a Banksy piece called ‘Space Girl & Bird’ sold for around $500,000 at Bonham’s in London. The sale of this piece was 20 times the original estimate. His work has also gained attention from celebrity buyers such as Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.


Banksy in New Orleans via Gawker


Banksy in New Orleans via Gawker

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Banksy in New Orleans via Supertouch
Banksy in New Orleans Katrina Supertouch
Banksy in New Orleans via Supertouch

Banksy in New Orleans Katrina Supertouch
Banksy in New Orleans via Supertouch

Banksy in New Orleans Katrina Supertouch
Banksy in New Orleans via Supertouch

Banksy in New Orleans Katrina Supertouch
Signature Banksy in New Orleans via Supertouch