A banana duct-taped to a wall has sold for 120,000 dollars (£91,550) at one of North America's most prestigious art shows, with another version of the artwork expected to sell for 150,000 dollars (£114,460).
This unusual wall art idea, by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, was unveiled at the Art Basel Miami Beach on by the Parisian contemporary art gallery Perrotin. It is not the first time Cattelan's work has made headlines. An infamous 18-carat lavatory, called ‘America’, drew huge crowds when it went on display at New York's Guggenheim museum in 2016. It was installed at Blenheim Palace in September but stolen just hours later. Despite it being Cattelan's first contribution to an art fair in 15 years, the gallery appeared taken aback by the popularity of the artist's latest piece.
There was a further twist when New York-based artist David Datuna, 45, staged a publicity stunt, when he tore the duct tape off and took the ripe banana off the wall. He then continued to peel off the banana skin and ate it in a few bites. David, who called himself the 'Hungry Artist', said he respects Maurizio Cattelan, who created the artwork, and hoped his performance would be regarded as a tribute to his work.
Was Cattelan worried? Not in the least, because as it turns out, the value of the work is in the certificate of authenticity, the newspaper reported. The banana is meant to be replaced. A replacement banana was taped to the wall about 15 minutes after Mr Datuna's stunt. Gallery director Peggy Leboeuf said that no legal action was planned against Datuna.
The question is, can you call this Wall Art? I suppose the answer is...YES.
Art is a creative activity that expresses imaginative or technical skill It produces a product, an object. If there are people silly enough to pay for a banana taped to a wall, then more fool them!
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- Spring Green Butterflies
- Large Calm Spring Tree Branch
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- Large Daisy Flower Ring
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