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Banksy watch: The street artist's latest works -- and defacements

Street artist Banksy continued his tour of New York this week with stencils, mobile installations, including a delivery truck converted into a garden, and a video called “Rebel rocket attack” the artist claims stopped him from posting new art because of its “shocking footage.”

Like last week’s work, New York’s graffiti artists refused to leave the U.K. import’s pieces alone by tagging multiple stencils. One exhibit — Banksy’s Day 10 piece in East New York depicting his signature rat stencil — prompted four local residents to cover the artwork with garbage bags and cardboard and charging viewers to see the piece underneath.

The elusive Banksy hasn’t commented about the frequent taggings and manipulations of his work on his site or his Instagram, but the artist did post a photo of a tracking device he found under his mobile garden along with the comment, “If you’re the person who stuck a tracking device on the garden truck you’re now following a car service in Queens.” Don’t mess with Banksy, New York.

We’ve compiled his work below, and you can revisit last week’s pieces here. READ FULL STORY

Banksy hits New York with daily street art

Welcome to New York, Banksy.

Or not.

The notorious U.K. street artist (and Exit Through the Gift Shop subject) hit the walls of NYC this week with a new month-long “exhibit,” his first work in the city since 2010. After announcing the show Tuesday, his first piece — a stencil depicting a boy grabbing a can of spray paint from a sign saying “Graffiti Is A Crime” while standing on another boy’s back — appeared in the Lower East Side and was painted over less than a day later. The second has also been removed.

So far, the disappearances haven’t deterred the artist, who continues to post a piece a day along with an accompanying audio clip on his website that’s meant to “enhance your enjoyment.”

While we’re waiting for his next pieces to appear, we’re keeping track of what he’s done so far. Below are the images Banksy has posted, and tell us, PopWatchers, will you be following the elusive artist along for his show? READ FULL STORY

Google plays artist with Rembrandt-inspired Doodle

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Break out your favorite floppy hat and pop that collar: Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn turns 407 years young today.

Google is feting the occasion with this dimly lit Doodle, which pays tribute both to Rembrandt’s etchings and one of his most famous proto-selfies, Self-Portrait with Beret and Turned-Up Collar. If you happen to be in our nation’s capital today, pay the canvas a visit — the painting has been displayed in the National Gallery of Art since 1937.

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Google Doodle celebrates the surreal life of Antoni Gaudi

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Do not adjust your computer screen: Today’s Google Doodle is purposefully colorful, dreamlike, and twisted. Squint, and you may be able to recognize the letters of Google’s name in those five images — which double as illustrations of Catalan architect Antoní Gaudi’s most famous buildings and mosaics.

Gaudi was born 161 years ago today in Reus, a city in Spain’s Catalonia region. After a childhood and adolescence characterized by poor health, he entered the military in 1875 but spent much of his service on sick leave — enabling him to study architecture in Barcelona, graduating in 1878. After that, Gaudi’s unique, curving, nature-inspired structures began appearing all over Barcelona, from the Plaça Reial (he designed the lampposts) to the Park Güell (a garden complex that’s an architecture buff’s version of Disneyland).

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Kate Upton's 'Sports Illustrated' cover: Chilling!

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Sports Illustrated has revealed its 2013 Swimsuit Issue cover, which features 20-year-old model and untalented car-washer Kate Upton (again!) braving the harsh Antarctic tundra in an open white parka and hopefully fleece-lined bikini bottoms. See the full, absurdly booby image (NSFW, BUT WHY ARE YOU STILL AT WORK?) after the break. READ FULL STORY

Annie Leibovitz shoots Tim Tebow for 'Vogue'

Photographer Annie Leibovitz took the time to shoot New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow for the upcoming issue of Vogue. Alas, it was a disappointment.

Hear me out, PopWatchers. Leibovitz is a wonderful photographer, but when you see her name, what do you think of? Nudity. After the Miley Cyrus debacle, I’ve come to expect lots of skin in any and all Leibovitz photographs. And not just nakedness, but shocking nakedness. With Tebow — the Christian crusader and potentially Taylor Swift’s ex-boyfriend — and Leibovitz, Vogue had the perfect chance to stage the most epic controversial nude pictures ever (well, aside from these and these) and they wasted it. READ FULL STORY

Campbell tries for youth appeal with Warhol-inspired labels, 'hipster' soups

50 years ago, Andy Warhol launched his fine art career with an exhibition featuring his iconic Campbell’s Soup Cans canvases. Now the canning giant is commemorating Warhol’s work — and trying to revitalize its own brand — by releasing special edition cans of condensed tomato soup that sport colorful, Warhol-print-inspired labels.

This is the company’s third flirtation with pop art — as the AP writes, Warhol-inspired cans were previously sold in small quantities in both 2006, at New York City department store Barney’s, and in 2004, at Pittsburgh-based supermarket Giant Eagle. (Warhol grew up in the Steel City, as did yours truly. Let’s go, Bucs!)

Ironically enough, Campbell is replacing the label Warhol painted in order to celebrate the artist’s work. Still, the Andy-inspired cans — Candies? No, that’s stupid — are undeniably eye-catching. Their bright color scheme and stylized Warhol quotes (“In the future, everybody will be world-famous for 15 minutes,” etc.) should help them stand out on the shelves at Target, where they’ll be sold starting Sunday.

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Justin Bieber's trash can + milk crate = BieberBot

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Or something.

An American artist who goes by the name XVALA claims to have nabbed Justin Bieber’s trash can and a milk crate from Facebook’s cafeteria to create a BieberBot. “Justin Bieber’s profile is a spawn of social media and cloning him would make his status widely accessible to the public,” said XVALA. The gallery that represents XVALA said: “[It is] partially inspired by the YouTube conception of the pop star and the social media phenomenon that has ultimately transmuted cultures globally.” See a more disturbing image below: READ FULL STORY

The 7 James Franco-iest sentences in his latest HuffPo piece

What’s left to say about James Franco, actor, writer, obsessive degree collector, and secret lover of Japanese body pillows? Not much — which is why when I read Franco’s latest missive in the Huffington Post, I was compelled to just let the actor speak for himself.

Whether you roll your eyes at Franco’s “celebrity deconstructing celebrity” schtick or you’re amused by it, you’ve got to admit the guy has a signature style — even if younger, less pretentious multihyphenates like Joseph Gordon-Levitt are poised to usurp his throne. So until that day comes, let’s just enjoy Franco being Franco, as exemplified in these seven Franctastic quotes from a letter the actor wrote to one of his “writer friends”:

Contemplative Franco
“I am sitting poolside at the top of the SoHo House in New York. The weather is nice, things are going well, and I suppose I have a good life.”

Name-dropping Franco
“During my time there [at Warren Wilson College], Alan Shapiro and Alan Williamson helped me reshape the manuscript a bit, and then Tony Hoagland and Frank Bidart did a lot of heavy editing with me after I got back to New York.”

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'Gallery Girls' vs. Ukraine's real-life 'Sleeping Beauty' art installation: Which is worse?

Where’s the art? I’m stumped.

I’ve been thinking a lot about this “living fairy tale” exhibit (see video below) at the National Art Museum of Ukraine, at which any male suitor above the age of 18 may kiss a young painted lady who’s pretending to be asleep. If she opens her eyes, they must get married. This is real! Look at her ear doilies! It’s all so bizarre and disease-y — but after settling in for some Monday night cable, I had to ask: Is it worse than Gallery Girls on Bravo?  READ FULL STORY

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