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Genius or jerk? Debate over Banksy’s month of art in NYC

NEW YORK — The secretive British street artist Banksy ended his self-announced monthlong residency in New York City with a final piece of graffiti, a $615,000 painting donated to charity, and a debate: Is he a jerk or a genius?

Banksy, who created a new picture, video, or prank every day of October somewhere in the city, spent his last day like thousands of graffiti artists before him: He tagged a building near a highway with his name in giant bubble letters. The twist was that these letters were actual bubbles: balloon-like inflatables stuck to a wall near the Long Island Expressway in Queens.

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