Maurizio Cattelan's controversial Banana removed from display
December 10, 2019
A banana taped to a wall by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan was removed from its display at Art Basel Miami Beach after "several uncontrollable crowd movements", including someone eating it.
Cattelan's piece, called Comedian, was presented by Galerie Perrotin during the Art Basel fair in Miami last week where two of its three editions sold to collectors for $120,000 each – equivalent to £91,000.
On Saturday, performance artist David Datuna ripped the banana off the wall and then ate it, calling the intervention Hungry Artist.
The gallery then replaced the banana with another one, with gallery director Terras telling the Miami Herald: "He did not destroy the art work. The banana is the idea."
Cattelan is known for his tongue-in-cheek art, once having created America, a fully functional golden toilet. He previously used duct-tape suspension for A Perfect Day in 1999, fastening the art dealer Massimo De Carlo to a gallery wall.
Photo by Sarah Cascone