Miami Beach arts fest: $120,000 ‘art banana’ installation eaten by performance artist

Miami Beach arts fest: $120,000 ‘art banana’ installation eaten by performance artist
Performance artist eats the art at Miami Beach's Art Basel. Social media video via Miami Herald

[Ed. – If you’ve seen the viral image of the banana duct-taped to the wall – that’s the one.]

By now you have probably heard of the now world-famous banana duct-taped to Emmanuel Perrotin’s outer gallery wall at Art Basel Miami Beach. The piece that sold to an art collector for $120,000.

The $120,000 banana — a real, rather ripe and edible one — is the work of Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan and titled “Comedian.” The work comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, and owners are told that they can replace the banana, as needed. …

New York-based performance artist David Datuna ate the banana at around 1:45 p.m. in front of a convention center full of art lovers, according to gallery representatives.

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While the banana was indeed consumed, apparently that doesn’t diminish the integrity of the six-figure art work, said Lucien Terras, director of museum relations for Galerie Perrotin.

“He did not destroy the art work. The banana is the idea,” Terras said.

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