At Art Basel Miami, an international art fair boasting works by emerging and acclaimed artists, a banana duct-taped on a wall has sold for $120K.
Another rendition of the concept art is predicted to sell for $150,000. The comical minimalist artwork, titled Comedian, derives from artist Maurizio Cattelan. Two versions of the banana-and-duct-tape piece were unveiled by contemporary gallery Perrotin at Art Basel on Thursday, and both went for $120,000 apiece. It’s reported the first edition was bought by a French woman and the second variant by a French gentleman.
Gallery pioneer Emmanuel Perrotin expressed he was baffled by the ardor caused by Comedian at the fair Thursday. “It’s a miracle. I don’t know how this happened,” Perrotin said to news outlets. Cattelan did not expatiate on the signification of the artwork, however Perrotin told reporters that the fruit is “a symbol of global trade, a double entendre, as well as a classic device for humor” and that Cattelan has skill in transforming daily artifacts into “vehicles of both delight and critique.”
In a statement to the press, the Perrotin gallery noted Cattelan came up with the notion for Comedian roughly a year ago and elected to utilize a real banana after initially devising a plan for a sculpture formed like a banana. “Every time he traveled, he brought a banana with him and hung it in his hotel room to find inspiration. He made several models: first in resin, then in bronze and in painted bronze, finally coming back to the initial idea of a real banana,” read the statement.
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