Banksy departed from his standard stencil motif for today’s work, the 29th in his ongoing series around New York City.
According to Gothamist, the artist picked up a canvas depicting a landscape from the Housing Works thrift shop on East 23rd Street. He then modified the painting by adding in a Nazi soldier and brought it back to the shop.
He writes of the work on his website: “A thrift store painting vandalised then re-donated to the thrift store.”
According to Gothamist, a store manager for Housing Works said the painting was purchased two months ago for $US50, and reappeared today. It won’t remain in the store window for long: It heads to auction tonight with a starting bid of $US76,000 at Bidding For Good.
The work is called “The banality of the banality of evil,” a play on a phrase coined by author Hannah Arendt after reporting on the trial of Nazi colonel Adolf Eichmann, to refer to the idea that ordinary people can do evil simply because they are taking orders.
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