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Art October, 29 2013

Banksy “Better Out Than In” Day 29 – ‘The Banality of the Banality of Evil’

For his latest piece in his ongoing “Better Out Than In” series, Banksy took a thrift store oil painting and painted a Nazi soldier onto it. He wrote: “A thrift store painting vandalized then re-donated to the thrift store.” In case you were wondering, the particular thrift store is Housing Works on East 23rd Street. Entitled The Banality of the Banality of Evil, the piece apparently references political theorist Hannah Arendt’s 1963 book Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil, which documented the trial of a Nazi officer post-WWII. The painting is signed by Banksy as well as the original artist “K. Sager.”

According to the store’s manager, the original painting sold two months ago for about $50 USD and “it just reappeared. It’s been there since this morning, no one noticed it.” For those of you who aren’t aware, Housing Works is committed “to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain our efforts.”

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