Peel of laughter rips across art

World | 9 Dec 2019

A performance artist shook up the Art Basel show in Miami Beach by grabbing a banana duct-taped to a gallery wall and eating it.

The banana was, in fact, a work of art by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan and titled Comedian. And it had also been sold to a French collector for US$120,000 (HK$933,600).

A video shows David Datuna from New York pulling the banana off the wall. "Hungry artist," he says as he peels the fruit and takes a bite. "Thank you, very good."

Then a gallery official whisks Datuna away to laughs from bystanders, but it was soon resolved. "He did not destroy the art work - the banana is the idea," said Galerie Perrotin executive Lucien Terras.

For the value of the work is in the certificate of authenticity, and the banana is meant to be replaced.

In fact, a replacement banana was taped to the wall about 15 minutes after Datuna's bite.


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