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A Could-be Banksy Appears on a SoHo Wall

A Could-be Banksy Appears on a SoHo Wall

Has the elusive British graffiti artist Banksy struck New York again? On Wednesday pedestrians and bloggers were abuzz that a new mural project going up in SoHo was the handiwork of Banksy, the pseudonymous street artist. The mural, depicting what appeared to be a rat toting an umbrella, seemed to repeat a motif seen in another mural recently painted on a wall at Grand and Wooster Streets, that of a rat in an “I ♥ NY” T-shirt. That work was believed to be a collaboration between Banksy and the outdoor advertising company Colossal Media, which put up both murals and had no comment on Banksy’s involvement.

David Choe, an artist represented by Lazarides Galleries, which also handles Banksy’s art, identified the murals as Bansky’s. A representative for Banksy did not reply to questions sent via an e-mail message.

A New York show of works from the Lazarides Galleries in London has been running at the exhibition space 282 Bowery since Friday and is scheduled to close on Oct. 12. Over the weekend in London, five works attributed to Banksy that he declined to authenticate failed to sell at an auction. DAVE ITZKOFF and NIKO KOPPEL
 

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