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News24.com | WATCH | Fruitless expenditure: Man eats $120 000 piece of art

Miami
– The move was bananas… or maybe the work was just too appealing.

A performance artist shook up the
crowd at the Art Basel show in Miami Beach on Saturday when he grabbed a banana
that had been duct-taped to a gallery wall and ate it.

The banana was, in fact, a work
of art by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan titled Comedian and sold to a
French collector for $120 000.

In a video posted on his
Instagram account, David Datuna, who describes himself as a Georgian-born
American artist living in New York, walks up to the banana and pulls it off the
wall with the duct tape attached.

“Art performance … hungry
artist,” he said, as he peeled the fruit and took a bite. “Thank you,
very good.”

A few bystanders could be heard
giggling before a flustered gallery official whisked him to an adjoining space
for questioning. But the kerfuffle was resolved without a food fight.

Banana replaced

“He
did not destroy the art work. The banana is the idea,” Lucien Terras,
director of museum relations for Galerie Perrotin, told the Miami Herald.

As it turns out, the value of the
work is in the certificate of authenticity, the newspaper said. The banana is
meant to be replaced.

A replacement banana was taped to
the wall about 15 minutes after Datuna’s stunt.

“This has brought a lot of
tension and attention to the booth and we’re not into spectacles,” Terras
said. “But the response has been great. It brings a smile to a lot of
people’s faces.”

Cattelan is perhaps best known
for his 18-carat, fully functioning gold toilet called America that he
had once offered on loan to US President Donald Trump.

The toilet, valued at around $5m
to $6m, was in the news again in September when it was stolen from Britain’s
Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of wartime leader Winston Churchill, where it
had been on display.

Article source: https://www.news24.com/World/News/watch-fruitless-expenditure-man-eats-120-000-piece-of-art-a-banana-taped-to-wall-20191208

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