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October 30, 2013 4:47 pm

Street Artist Banksy’s Newest NYC Work Riffs on Famous Hannah Arendt Quote

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Street artist Banksy unveiled his newest artwork Wednesday, as part of his New York “residency,” and it riffs on a Hannah Arendt quote.

The painting, originally a bucolic landscape on sale at a thrift store, was bought then re-donated, Banksy explained on his website, but with one prominent addition—a Nazi sitting on a bench in the foreground.  The work, newly titled “The banality of the banality of evil,” was then donated back to the shop.

Hannah Arendt coined the term “the banality of evil” to describe notorious Nazi Adolf Eichmann, who faced trial in Jerusalem in the early 1960s after being captured in Argentina.

The New York Post reported that the piece is to be auctioned with a starting price of $76,000, though Jon Satin, American moderator of website www.banksy.info, the self-proclaimed online authority on the graffiti artist, told the Post it could fetch up to a million dollars.

Banksy has spent the month of October in New York systematically creating daily street art and posting about it on his website , a fact that has drawn the ire of city officials who object to the graffiti.

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