In another statement to the Miami Herald, the couple said they see the humorous artwork "as a unicorn in the art world" and were awed that "people who usually would not have been so interested in art wanted to see 'the banana.'" They added, "It has opened the floodgates and morphed into an important debate about the value that we place on works of art and objects in general".
Comedian has attracted some amount of bewilderment and ridicule online this December, with many posting images of bananas taped to walls in random public spaces. The piece, a comment on what the art world values and why, has become inescapable on Instagram, especially after performance artist David Datuna made a decision to take the initiative of peeling the banana off the wall and eating it. But I was not too hungry.
The work of art-gone-viral, titled "Comedian" by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, is comprised of a real banana affixed to a wall with a piece of duct tape.
In the clip of him eating the banana, Datuna can be heard saying: "Art performance. hungry artist. I am not this banana eater person - I am an artist", he said.
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"And I think this is the first one in art history when one artist eat concept for another artist". Physically is was banana, but banana is just a tool.
"It wasn't vandalism, it was art performance from me and absolutely I am not sorry", Datuna said during a press conference on Monday. "With respect, Mauricio, but it's art performance". "Yeah, because I was hungry and I just eat it".
The Tampa Police Department wasn't the only one to poke fun at the notorious banana artwork. A post on the official Instagram handle of Galerie Perrotin read - "We regret to inform you that "Comedian" will be removed from our Art Basel Miami Beach booth for the last day of the fair". As ArtNews put it, "Is Maurizio Cattelan's $120,000 banana sculpture a cynical sign of the times or a thrilling artwork?" Placed in eight locations around downton NY, these turned out to be a homage to the original by Joseph Grazi, who argues that a real question of art has come up after a long time.