The internet has been outraged about a banana glued with duct tape to a wall and subsequently sold for 120,000 dollars at an art show in Miami.
David Datuna, a performance artist, decided to take a piece of the attention for himself and ate the banana taped to the wall, which had been called “Comedian” by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan.
Cattelan had sold at least two editions of “Comedian” to private collectors for $120,000 each, according to a spokeswoman for the Paris Galerie Perrotin, which displayed the work in its booth at Art Basel in Miami.
“I think this is the first one in art history when one artist eat concept for another,” Datuna told reporters in New York. “People ask me, ‘You eat banana?’ Physically it was banana but banana is just a tool, usually I eat the concept of that you know?”
Datuna insisted this wasn’t a PR stunt, but a serious piece of art. Of course it is. It is totally not just one attention whore feeding off of another.
“I decided in the morning” on Saturday to eat the banana art, Datuna said, “but I was not too hungry so I spent two hours in the Basel.”