Art Basel’s Notorious Banana Art Sparks Humorous Remakes From The Internet
By Thanussha Priyah, 09 Dec 2019
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Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan’s Comedian piece saw a ripe banana being held up on a wall with duct tape during the Art Basel exhibition at Perrotin art gallery in Miami last Saturday.
The BBC reports that the exclusive artwork was sold to French collectors for US$120,000 each. However, the upscaled fruit was soon plucked from the wall and eaten by performance artist David Datuna, who claimed he was “hungry.”
In the name of “art,” a fruit being secured by duct tape against the wall receiving a US$120,000 price tag revolted internet users, inspiring them to create their own versions of the artwork.
Ryan Reynold’s Aviation Gin brand, for instance, took the opportunity to advertise its product through a remake. The company has been leveraging meme culture to advertise its product, with the incorporation of the “Peloton wife” in its latest advert.
Take a look at some inspired “artworks” below.
Aviation Sales Teams: Wow, that bike spot is being well received! Now we know what a "meme" is. How are we going to keep the buzz.— Aviation American Gin (@AviationGin) December 8, 2019
Aviation Marketing Team: Ehh let's just enjoy the moment.
Aviation Sales: No, we need more of these "memes".
Aviation Marketing: Fine. pic.twitter.com/CB2pP0GX66
A Banana taped to a wall has just sold for $120,000 at @ArtBasel in Miami— CHRISTMAS KEEN (@totallykeen) December 6, 2019
Forget the Banana... You can have this mince pie taped to a wall for only £10,000 now that’s a bargain! pic.twitter.com/jj6QuzvYqN
Selling banana taped to shirt at art basel for $30,000 pic.twitter.com/AdrwBqBIWB— Jason Yim (@jasonyim) December 6, 2019
In case anyone was wondering, this is the artist who’s “Banana Taped to Wall” piece sold for $120,000 at Art Basel pic.twitter.com/tuqEqUOhIL— Sebastian L. Estes (@SebastianEstes) December 5, 2019
[via Twitter, images via Shutterstock]
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