Around 200 of the world’s leading international Modern and contemporary art galleries present their artworks made by over 4,000 artists. This year, the Art Basel fair at Miami Beach has mesmerized a lot of art enthusiasts with a very unusual installation.
At the art fair, a single ripe banana duct-tape to a wall had been sold for $120,000 which was hailed as an “a symbol of global trade, a double entendre, as well as a classic device for humour” this week. This artwork was created by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan and named it as ‘Comedian’.
When the artwork was on show on Saturday at the international gallery Perrotin at Art Basel in Miami, a New York-based performance artist, David Datuna ate it, saying he was hungry.
This dragged gallery officials and the entire PR department of Art Basel Miami into a tizzy. David astounds everyone by doing this unexpected deed at around 1:45 PM, as per media reports.
For the customers, everything is not lost, hence, at some point, we have to deal with the demise of bananas. The work apparently comes with a certificate of authenticity, therefore, the owner can replace the banana. “[Datuna] did not destroy the artwork. The banana is the thought,” Lucien Terras, a director at the gallery, informed the Miami Herald.
The idea quickly lived on, and after a few minutes, a fresh banana was affixed by Perrotin.
Datuna speaks over the artwork after eating it that “Of course. I can eat the banana and the concept of the banana — because I am an artist and not a regular human.”
Many did not like the bold stunt by Datuna therefore, the incident was reported by the gallery however, Datuna slipped away from the venue.