NICK EICHER, HOST: Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan’s latest creation just sold at an art gallery in Miami for a cool $120,000.
You need to know that high-end art is a market all its own. 120K isn’t all that much.
But this piece? It’s bananas. Well, banana.
Titled “The Comedian,” the piece, if you can call it that, consists of two things: one 15-cent banana and less than a dime’s worth of duct tape.
And a third thing, I suppose: A wall. It’s a banana, literally duct-taped to a wall.
One art lover told WFOR tv…
AUDIO: You can do anything, and once you’re established, you can get away with it.
Some have guessed the piece to be a statement about wealth inequalities within the art industry. But others say the joke’s on us.
AUDIO: It’s mocking the art world. That’s what Maurizio Cattelan does.
Here’s the kicker: A performance artist untaped the banana, peeled it, and ate it.
It’s The World and Everything in It.