The $120K banana at Art Basel eaten by NY performance artist

Lawrence Kim
December 8, 2019

An artwork that sold last week for $120,000 and was hailed as "a symbol of global trade" has been eaten, in what might seem a fitting end for something that was an ever-ripening banana duct-taped to a wall.

Galerie Perrotin said the artists, Maurizio Cattelan, first came up with the idea over a year ago, when he was thinking of a sculpture shaped like a banana.

"You're not supposed to touch the art!", Shouted a dismayed spectator, according to a witness, Peggy Leboeuf, partner of the Perrotin Gallery.

Datuna added: "The performance name is Hungry Artist". The work apparently comes with a certificate of authenticity, and owners can replace the banana.

The gallery reported the incident to security, but Datuna slipped away, the outlet reported. Said spokesman Lucien Terras to the newspaper.

"He did not destroy the artwork".

It's a little confusing, but basically. the French art collector owns the "idea" of this art piece, so whether the banana itself sticks around or not doesn't affect its value.

All is not lost for the buyer, who, let's face it, was going to have to deal with the demise of the banana at some point. Immediately enraged, he turned around and headed back to the gallery.

With a bargain price of US$120,000 (AU$175,477), the artwork titled "Comedian" comprises of a real banana purchased in a Miami grocery store and taped to a wall.

"It's not about the piece".

The piece, titled "The Comedian", was created by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, who is behind an 18-carat gold toilet offered to President Trump earlier this year. An artist eats another artist.

Later, he told The Post: "It's not about the piece". It was on display in a public restroom in the Guggenheim in New York City in 2016.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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