A banana that was attached to the wall of an art fair in Miami with duct tape was eaten by a visitor on Saturday. The artwork Comedian by Maurizio Cattelan was sold on Thursday for 120,000 dollars (approximately 108,000 euros).
Performance artist David Datuna walked down the wall at the Art Basel art fair in MIami where Comedian hung, grabbed the now browned banana and ate it. He was watched by a group of upset bystanders. "Hungry Artist", he called his performance.
He posted a video on his Instagram page, with the text: "I love the artworks of Maurizio Cattelan and I love this installation very much. It is very tasty."
After his act, Datuna was taken by security guards to a separate room where he spoke with police officers, according to entertainment website TMZ . The artist has not been arrested, but he does expect that he will have to answer soon. Datuna defended his act by saying that he has enormous respect for Cattelan and that his act was one of respect.
New owner has idea of artwork
On Thursday, Maurizio Cattelan sold two bananas attached to a wall with duct tape. The new owner of the artwork, a French collector, would possess the 'idea' of the artwork. The original banana has already been replaced by a fresher one. It is not known what the consequences of Datuna's performance are for the value of the work.
Cattelan worked on Comedian for a year. He made earlier versions of the work in bronze and in resin. "Somehow those versions missed something," the artist said. The artist says that he found inspiration in the large number of paintings that he recently encountered in galleries. Furthermore, he did not want to comment on the meaning of his artwork.
The third copy of Comedian is for sale for 150,000 dollars (approximately 135,000 euros). Whether the wall to which the banana is attached is included in the price is unknown.