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Jerry Saltz Ranks Banksy's New York City (So-Called) Artistic Works

DURING the month of October, provocative British artist Banksy staged a controversial, unauthorized exhibition of his work, Better Out Than In, throughout the streets of New York City. Spread across the five boroughs, his residency was a mix of traditional graffiti, installations, videos, stencil-based street art and even an op-ed about the new World Trade Centre building that was ultimately rejected by the New York Times, but appeared on

While other street artists were critical of Banksy for showing up on their home turf, defacing or painting over some of his pieces, it seemed to be the artist's views on One World Trade Centre that really upset New Yorkers.

While curious onlookers followed his every move on social media, hoping to get a glimpse of his irreverent street art, he had the NYPD on his tail for most of the month and the art world buzzing about the meaning and inherent value of public art. For art critics, it was a landslide of daily content and the most talked-about exhibition of the year.

Not every critic was enamoured with the street artist's work while in the Big Apple. In a recent article, Vulture's Jerry Saltz takes a look at the month-long residency and ranks the pieces. You can also still visit and listen to the artist's guided audio tour that accompanied many of the pieces.

Watch Arcade Fire, M.I.A., Eminem, Tyler and Earl Perform at YouTube Music Awards

WHEN Spike Jonze was asked to get behind the lens and produce a new awards show for YouTube, the director wondered if the world really needed another night of handing out shiny trophies and watching artists try to generate chatter on Twitter by one-upping each other. After deciding to get involved with the project, Jonze -- a trailblazing video and film director who developed his style shooting influential skateboard films in the late 1980s and early '90s and who was one of the creators of the Jackass series -- set out to create an awards show that would not only create social-media buzz, but would look and feel different than every show before it.

While there were some MTVish moments, like when Arcade Fire's Win Butler interrupted a video of Taylor Swift's acceptance speech to declare that Bauuer's Harlem Shake was the real YouTube phenomenon of the year, it was the live music videos, directed by Jonze and other industry heavyweights, that most people will be watching on-demand.

Check out performances by M.I.A., Eminem, Arcade Fire and Tyler the Creator on the video-streaming site.

Stream of the Week: Broken Bells -- Holding on for Life

BROKEN Bells is a collaborative project by Danger Mouse and the Shins' James Mercer. After the Disco is the followup to the duo's well-received self-titled debut from 2010. Holding on for Life is the first single on Mercer and Danger Mouse's sophomore album, set for release on Jan.14, 2014.

Video of the Week: See You in Toronto

TORONTO may be focused on its mayor and the scandal that's been following him around for the past couple of months, but this week the city is also hosting the World Red Bull Thr3Style Championships. Prior to the event, Thump (Vice's recently launched dance music outlet) sat down with 20 artists from the Big Smoke to talk about the city, its history of dance music culture and why there isn't a "Toronto sound."

Anthony Augustine is a freelance music, technology and pop culture writer who spends way too much time in front of a computer. Got a site you think he should see? Email him at or follow him at

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 7, 2013 ??65519

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