A number of months ago a series of Banksy-like images with the face of actor Tom Hanks began surfacing in NYC. I didn’t think much of them, and thought they might be a somewhat clever way to promote Tom Hanks. I couldn’t imagine anyone even trying to spoof Banksy – one of the greatest satirists of our time! Anyway, the images are back again and this time coinciding with a gallery exhibit featuring a range of them. When I stopped by this afternoon, the space was quite busy. It looks like we – the street art aficionados or, at least, those of us who frequent galleries – are the target of this satire, and its creator may be quite clever. After I left, I overheard one passerby explain to another that there was a Banksy show at the gallery. Hanksy – not Banksy!
Here are two Hanksy images that recently surfaced on the streets of the Lower East Side:
And here are three on exhibit in the Krause Gallery @ 149 Orchard Street:
Photos by Lois Stavsky