If you thought the organic avocados at Whole Foods were pricey, hold on to your hair net. A banana (yes, a literal banana) which had been duct-taped to a wall (yes, a literal wall) just sold for $120,000 (yes, a literal $120,000) at Miami’s Art Basel this week.
The work, entitled “The Comedian,” was a creation of Maurizio Cattelan, the Italian artist who made an, umm, splash with his 18-karat gold toilet called “America” in 2017, which was subsequently stolen from England’s Blenheim Palace this past summer. (I hate when that happens).
There are three editions of “The Comedian” which debuted to big buzz over the weekend at the massive Miami art show, with Cattelan’s one still-unsold piece expected to nab as much as $150,000.
Emmanuel Perrotin, founder of the gallery responsible for the work, told CBS News that Maurizio’s work is “not just about objects, but about how objects move through the world” and that every time he [Cattelan] traveled, “he brought a banana with him and hung it in his hotel room to find inspiration…making several models: first in resin, then in bronze and in painted bronze (before) finally coming back to the initial idea of a real banana.”
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Though many—in and out of the art world—are critical of the seemingly simple work and the Warholian hubbub it’s caused, Perrotin added that “the spectacle is as much a part of the work as the banana.”
In any case, here’s to Cattelan on his show-stealing work. And here’s hoping the buyer doesn’t accidentally throw it in a smoothie, but when it does eventually start to brown, might we suggest this delicious banana bread recipe?
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