Hargo’s ‘Cash for Your Banksy’ Briefly Pops Up on the Bowery

Posted on: November 22nd, 2013 at 6:10 am by
This image has been archived or removed.

The prankster behind the “Cash for Your Warhol” blitz recently hit the Bowery to revive the Banksy version of same.

Hargo (aka Geoff Hargadon) stashed this latest eye-grabbing ruse in the window of the re-branded Judith Charles Gallery mere days after Banksy concluded “Better Out Than In.” It had been there for about a week before being deposed. Those who obliged the beckoning to call were no doubt met with an outgoing message to leave one. As with his other efforts, people are similarly duped by the ambiguity.

The inspiration for the “Cash for Warhol/Banksy” initiative was actually conceived during the economic downturn in 2008. Hargo told Warholian three years later:

At the height of the financial crisis of 2008-09, I noticed an increase in the number of signs on telephone poles posted by entrepreneurs interested in taking advantage of those in a tight spot (cash for your car, cash for your house, etc.). I called some of the numbers and found that people actually do call those numbers to sell their houses—which seemed absurd to me.

So I decided to exaggerate the message to speak to the upper echelon of art collectors, and send a message to the viewer that we are all affected by this crisis.

It’s also worth noting that the Charles Bank Gallery morphed into the Judith Charles Gallery back in September. Co-founder Michael Bank Christoffersen had relocated back to his native Denmark in 2011, but apparently severed ties this year.

Recent Stories

Demolition Begins at Fire-Stricken Dim Sum Palace Building in Chinatown

Demolition started this week at 6 Chatham Square, which, until this month, housed neighborhood favorite Dim Sum Palace. Early morning May 1, a fire in the kitchen spread throughout the building, triggering a five-alarm response from the fire department. All told, five firefighters were injured battling the inferno over several hours. And according to Red […]

Eldridge Street Development Sells for $19.24M

A major real estate deal to report on Eldridge Street. It took three years, but the eight-story mixed-use building at 165 Eldridge traded last week for $19.25 million. Just under the initial 2019 asking price of $21 million. Buyer of record is Meng Lee and Karim Elsayyad of FREO Management. The transaction is not yet […]

The ‘Barrier Reefs’ Coming to Clinton Street Bike Lane

The Department of Transportation has chosen a winner to decorate the traffic barrier protecting the Clinton Street bike line. The city agency awarded artist Alison Cynamon as part of the ongoing Barrier Beautification mural project. The concrete slab runs from Delancey Street to South Street; an 840-foot stretch with roughly 1,980 square-feet of canvas to […]

Redlining the LES: How Discriminatory Lending Policies Solidified Pre-Existing Inequalities

The following was written by Anna Sargeantson. All photos courtesy of Anna Sargeantson, except where otherwise noted. Home to dimly lit restaurants and bars frequented by NYU students and young professionals, the Lower East Side remains in many ways the epitome of New York City’s youthful heart. Under the surface, though, the neighborhood has historically […]

Ed Higgins Gets ‘Mail Art’ Retrospective at Van Der Plas Gallery on Orchard Street

Fresh off featuring his art in Ludlow Coffee Supply, the Van Der Plas Gallery of Orchard Street is now dedicating a full artist retrospective to the late Ed Higgins. Higgins, known as a pillar of the “Rivington School” movement in the 1980s Lower East Side, and for his unique “Mail Art,” died last December at […]