Learn English with the News: “Banksy in New York”


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Almost everyone knows Banksy, the famous England-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter. This news article will give you more insight into his art and the amounts of money people pay for it!

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2. Understand the vocabulary
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No one knows what he looks like, but his art is instantly recognizable.

The world-renowned British artist Banksy has set up shop in New York City. The artist has begun a month-long project across New York City. Called “Better Out Than In,” the project has Banksy attempting to create a new work of art each day in October. On October 1, Banksy unveiled a painting of two boys with one pointing to a sign that reads “Graffiti Is A Crime.”

The exact location of the pieces are not revealed, but via social media, word spreads fast about where to find them.

Banksy has become a coveted contemporary painter in the art world, known for his trademark spray-paint stencils that offer social commentary. He’s also become a hotly sought after artist among collectors, with a recent work of his selling at auction for more than 1 million dollars.


banksy-better-out-than-in-1Instantly – without delay.

Recognizable – to know and remember (someone or something) because of previous knowledge or experience.

Set up shop – to start a business or activity in a particular place.

Attempting – to try to do (something) : to try to accomplish or complete (something).

Unveiled – to show or reveal (something) to others for the first time.

Revealed – to make (something) known.

Coveted – to want (something that you do not have) very much.

Trademark – something (such as a word) that identifies a particular company’s product and cannot be used by another company without permission.

Auction – a public sale at which things are sold to the people who offer to pay the most.


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