Commonly Overheard in Bushwick is an occasional series we write whenever we hear something someone actually said on the streets or in the businesses of Bushwick. This is not to be confused with the Tumblr of a similar name.
By now, it’s clear that the clientele in Bushwick is far less rife with edge than it used to be, what with the presence of Blue Bottle: Full Throttle and the gentrification of the one-night stand. That being said, is it any great shock that Bushwick denizens would tout Banksy as though he was still somehow the latest thing?
This is precisely how one art show attendee at the 56 Bogart galleries felt when he turned to his companion, took a deep breath and emitted, “Have you ever heard of Banksy? He’s very subversive.” What was worse was when the woman he asked, somewhere in her late 40s to early 50s, responded, “I don’t believe I have.”
Adding insult to injury in the pomp and circumstance of it all, the man had the audacity to conclude his education of Banksy to her by suggesting, “You ought to watch Exit Through the Gift Shop. It will give you a really great sense of his work.” The woman nodded, probably never to take his recommendation and, by night’s end, she had paid $1,000 for a Frank Asiago original.
Written by Genna Rivieccio