Update: We have published Bananas - January 2020!
I spent a couple of hours at Miami Art Basel this year as I always do with my brilliant, beautiful daughter Alessia, but even that was longer than the show deserved. The work pictured above gained the most attention this year and serves as a perfect emblem of the Zeitgeist. Now most people see a banana duct-taped to a wall, but this is presented as a work of art entitled “Comedian” by the Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan that allegedly sold to a French art collector for $120,000. The work comes with a “Certificate of Authenticity” (an obvious oxymoron) and the owner can replace the banana as needed. No instructions are provided regarded where the owner can go for mental health counseling. There was only one work that attracted a crowd on that Saturday afternoon of the show as attendees took selfies with the banana, and on Sunday the crowds grew so large and unruly that the exhibition was closed down for reasons of public safety (which is saying quite a lot in Miami).