James Poulos Writes In Defense of Guerrilla Street Art

Bansky does more than commit an act of crime or commerce


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To be a brand name in guerilla street art is to be in exclusive company. And no one has built a bigger brand imposing his stencils, spray paintings, and sculptures on the world than Banksy. Despite the grumbling critiques from both nannyesque Bloombergians and the kinds of property rights advocates who sometimes cross swords with the Mayor, James Poulos argues that unauthorized art invites us to think anew about the place of street art in our lives.