If you’re like most people, you’re hard at work all day, putting the hours in, having to deal with your boss and co-workers and commuting to and from work for an average – low wage.
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So how would you feel if I told you some dickhead took a banana, taped it to the wall, called it ‘art’ and then got paid $120,000 for it?
Yup, that just happened at Art Basel in Miami this week:
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The talk of the town in Miami right now is Maurizio Cattelan’s “Comedian,” a banana 🍌 duct taped to the wall. Two have already sold for $120,000 at Perrotin 😉 read more, including about the banana my husband, @nnddmmyy, hung on his dorm wall for two years, on Artnet News, link in bio @artnet @galerieperrotin @mauriziocattelan @artbasel #art #conceptualart #banana #sculpture #artbasel #artbaselmiamibeach #artbaselmiami #artfair #artgallery #artwork #whatisart #isthisart #miami #miamibeach #florida #miamiflorida #mauriziocattelan #perrotin #galerieperrotin #artist #bananapeel #ducttape #artnetnews #artcollector #vippreview #artjournalism #artjournalist #openingday #artgallery #gallery #artworld
As reported by CNN:
A banana, duct-taped to a wall went on a sale at Art Basel Miami Beach this week — priced at $120,000. And, according to art market website Artnet, two of the three editions have already sold, with the last now going for $150,000.
The work, by Maurizio Cattelan, was presented Wednesday by Perrotin, a contemporary art gallery founded in Paris that has had a long association with the Italian artist.
Entitled “Comedian,” the artwork comprises a banana bought in a Miami grocery store and a single piece of duct tape. There are three editions, the gallery said, all of which were offered for sale.
As if that isn’t annoying enough, get a load of this explanation as to why the banana on the wall is considered ‘art’:
Prior to the reported sale, the gallery’s founder, Emmanuel Perrotin, told CNN the bananas are “a symbol of global trade, a double entendre, as well as a classic device for humor,” adding that the artist turns mundane objects into “vehicles of both delight and critique.”
A symbol of global trade? A classic device for humour? I mean I get what they’re saying but come on, it’s a banana duct-taped to the wall.
I’m sure you’re also wondering what happens to the banana (since it’s a real banana) over time? Yep, it just rots:
Potential buyers should note there are no clear instructions about what to do if the bananas start to decompose.
Surely this has to be some kind of scam or money-laundering front because who in their right mind would pay $120,000 for a banana that’ll go off in a week? No millionaire would be that careless with their cash, right? After all art is meant to be an investment.
Then again, how about all the other ‘art’ works that have been sold for ridiculous amounts over the years?
There’s loads more examples – we even made a list once called 10 Crap Paintings That Are Worth Millions Of Dollars. I mean I ain’t no art critic, but come on…