By: Dylan Kemp
Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, known for his humorous and provocative work, presented one of the most talked-about pieces of art at this year’s Art Basel in Miami: a banana duct-taped to a white wall.
Yup, that it.
The art piece received a lot of attention, not because of how weird it sounds but for the fact that it was listed at $120,000. And yes, you guessed it. Someone bought it.
The installation, referred to as The Comedian, was sold to a French woman by Paris based gallery Perrotin. A second version of the installation was sold to a French man for the same price. The gallery owner said that he and Cattelan have agreed to sell the third edition to a museum for $150,000.
On Saturday, New York-based artist David Datuna was spotted at the Perrotin gallery at Art Basel, and removed the banana from the wall, peeled it and ate it. Datuna said that the stunt was a piece of performance art that he called, Hungry Artist.
According to the Miami Herald, Datuna consuming the banana does not affect the value of the art piece. Its value is rooted in the concept, and less in the actual piece of fruit.
Gallery owner Emmanuel Perrotin was reportedly clearly upset but quickly replaced the banana.
Datuna was escorted out of the gallery but was not arrested.