Will You Buy $120,000 Banana Sold By An Artist?
Art can be contemporary, and subjective to the eyes of its beholder. But what about ‘art’ that is basically a banana duct-taped to a wall? Yes. This was an art piece by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan. And it was a $120,000 banana because it actually sold at the price.
‘The Comedian’ by Maurizio Cattelan
The fruit and tape art-piece titled ‘The Comedian’ was the imagination and work of Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan.
Let’s describe the art piece. It’s a regular banana, literally, duct-taped to the wall. It even had some brown speckle spots as it was rotting already.
It was on display at Miami’s Art Basel. According to CBS News, there are three editions of the art and the third one will be sold for as much as $150,000.
According to Emmanuel Perrotin, the founder of the Perrotin gallery, it is actually quite meaningful. He said that the banana depicts how the meaning and importance of the object can change with context.
“Whether affixed to the wall of an art fair booth or displayed on the cover of the New York Post, his work forces us to question how value is placed on material goods,”
The spectacle is as much a part of the work as the banana.”
Uh, okay, then….
A performance artist ate the $120,000 banana
The recent comical development is that the most-talked-about, controversial art piece got eaten by a performance artist.
David Datuna, a New-York based performance artist casually ate the $120,000 banana at 1:45 pm on Saturday. He also had a very curious audience witness him.
But wait, according to Perrotin Gallery spokesperson Lucien Terras, it’s okay.
According to him, Datuna didn’t destroy the art. He told Herald “Because the banana is the idea.”
I’m losing track of this artistic situation. What do you think about this kind of art? And would you buy a $120,000 banana?