Banksy's New York Reign of Terror

  • Aired:  10/07/13
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Elusive British graffiti artist Banksy launches a series of works in New York City. (3:08)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.

NATION, IT'S NO SECRET I AMT.V.'S FOREMOST HEART EXPERT.

I LOVE IT ALL, YOUR SUIT MAN,YOUR DRIPPY GUY, YOUR APPLE FACE

YOUR ONE-YEARED VINNIE, ALL THEBIG ONES.

WELL, THERE'S ONE SO-CALLEDPAINTER THAT I HAVE A SERIOUS

BEEF WITH.

THE GUY WHO PAINTED THIS STUFF.

BRITISH GUERRILLA GRAFFITIISTBANKSY, AN ANONYMOUS STREET

ARTIST NO ONE HAS EVER SEEN.

WELL, FOLKS, BRACE YOURSELFBECAUSE THE BRITISH ARE COMING,

THE BRITISH ARE COMING.

>> BANKSY ANNOUNCED ON HIS WEBSITE HE'S TAKING UP RESIDENCY IN

NEW YORK THIS MONTH LAUNCHING ASERIES OF WORKS CALLED "BETTER

OUT THAN IN."

THE FIRST WORK APPEARED ON ALANSTREET NEAR CANAL.

IT SHOWS A CHILD HOLDING A CANOF SPRAY PAINT STANDING ON

ANOTHER CHILD'S BACK BELOW ASIGN THAT READS "GRAS FEET CITY

A CRIME."

>> Stephen: GRAFFITI IS A CRIME.

SO, NATION, CALL THE POLICE IFYOU SEE THIS MAN.

(LAUGHTER)NOW, FOLKS, I HAVE GOT

ABSOLUTELY ZERO RESPECT FOR THISELUSIVE LIMEY STREET RAT.

HE'S ANONYMOUS AND HIS ART ISPUBLIC SO THE JERK DOESN'T EVEN

PROFIT OFF OF IT.

(LAUGHTER)ART BELONGS IN ONE OF TWO

PLACES: A MUSEUM OR MOUNTED NEARTHE TOILET IN A BILLIONAIRE'S

YACHT.

(LAUGHTER)MONET'S WATER LILIES REALLY GETS

THE FLOW GOING.

NOW, FOR SOME REASON, THE ARTWORLD IS ENAMORED BY THIS

CRIMINAL AND ANY WALL HE PAINTSON IS TORN DOWN AND AUCTIONED

OFF FOR MILLIONS.

FOLKS, THIS TERRIFIES ME.

(LAUGHTER)BECAUSE LITTLE KNOWN FACT, MY

STUDIO HAS WALLS.

(LAUGHTER)AND BANKSY'S NEW YORK REIGN OF

TERROR DOES NOT END FOR 24 DAYSAND THE LAST THING I WANT IS FOR

THE FRONT OF MY BUILDING TO BEVANDALIZED AND ITS PROPERTY

VALUE TO SKYROCKET.

(LAUGHTER)IN FACT, I AM SO CONCERNED I

HAVE THAT FRAMED OUT A SPECIFICAREA BANKSY IS FORBIDDEN TO

BEGRIME WITH HIS HOODLUMGRAFFITO.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)NO!

NO!

BANKSY, I KNOW IT'S TEMPTING ASAN ARTIST FOR YOU TO SEE THIS

NAKED WALL AND KNOW THAT IT'SOFF LIMITS FOR YOU TO INJECT ONE

OF YOUR TRADEMARK INCISIVE BITSOF SUBVERSIVE SOCIAL COMMENTARY

OR MAYBE JUST PAINT ME RIDING ASHARK.

(LAUGHTER)BUT UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES

SHOULD YOU USE THE SPRAY PAINTLEFT UNATTENDED ON THE SIDEWALK

BY MY MAINTENANCE STAFF.

THOSE WERE THROWN OUT ON MYORDERS.

AND DO NOT ENJOY THE SELECTIONOF TEA SANDWICHES AND ROOM

TEMPERATURE NEW CASTLE ALE.

(LAUGHTER)SO ONCE AGAIN, BANKSY, STAY AWAY

FROM MY STUDIO AT 1513 WEST 54thSTREET BETWEEN 10th AND 11th

ATTITUDE OR NEAR THE WEST SIDEHIGHWAY IF YOU'RE COMING BY CAR.

I'LL BE WATCHING FOR YOU BANKSY,EXCEPT BETWEEN 3:00 AND 4:00

A.M. WHEN OUR SECURITY CAMERASUSUALLY CUT OUT.

(LAUGHTER)WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.