The Italian artist debuted his latest sculptural intervention, "Comedian," at the renowned international art fair, which will run until December 8 at Miami Beach Convention Center.
For his new provocation, Cattelan duct-taped a banana sourced from a local Miami supermarket to the wall of the booth of the Perrotin gallery.
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🍌 Maurizio Cattelan's new sculpture 'Comedian' at Art Basel Miami marks the artist's first major debut at an art fair in over 15 years! Comprised of a real banana affixed to the wall with a piece of duct tape, this new work is no different than Cattelan's hyper-realistic sculptures lampooning popular culture and offer a wry commentary on society, power, and authority. In the same vein as Cattelan's America ( 2016 ), this piece offers insight into how we assign worth and what kind of objects we value. The idea of this work came to the artist’s mind a year ago. Back then, Cattelan was thinking of a sculpture that was shaped like a banana. Every time he traveled, he brought a banana with him and hung it in his hotel room to find inspiration. He made several models: first in resin, then in bronze and in painted bronze for finally coming back to the initial idea of a real banana. Discover it on our booth D24! — Art Basel Miami Beach 📍 Perrotin Booth D24 📆 December 5 – 9, 2019 — #MaurizioCattelan #ArtBaselMiami #ArtBaselMiamiBeach #ArtBasel #Perrotin — Courtesy Maurizio Cattelan.
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Gallery owner Emmanuel Perrotin recently opened up about the genesis of "Comedian," which is the first new work that Cattelan debuts at an art fair in over 15 years.
"We had been discussing this work for a couple of months. Maurizio told me, 'I want to show a banana.' We discussed the best way to do it; Maurizio tried making it in resin, he tried it in bronze, but they just weren't right. In the end, he decided: The best solution was a real banana …. It looks like a joke, but step back and look at it again, and it becomes so much more," he told Artsy.
Like most of Cattelan's works, "Comedian" exists in an edition of three, plus two artist's proofs.
According to various art publications, two of the three editions of "Comedian" have been sold during Art Basel Miami Beach's VIP preview on December 4.
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Both editions fetched $120,000, while Cattelan and Perrotin have since agreed to raise the initial asking price to $150,000.
As Artsy pointed out, Emmanuel Perrotin is planning on selling the third edition of "Comedian" to a museum.
When asked about how the banana would age, the gallery owner pointed out that the fruit can be replaced as owners of the work see fit.
The unexpected success of "Comedian" at Art Basel Miami Beach comes a few months after Cattelan made headlines for another of his works, "America."
The sculpture, which debuted in 2016 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, features an 18-karat gold toilet in functioning condition.
This past September, "America" was stolen from the historic Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England where it was on show as part of an extensive retrospective on the Italian artist.
Different reports value the sculpture at anywhere between $1.2 million to $6 million, with precious metal dealer Peter Pienta telling The Times that the sculpture could be hard to retrieve.
"That is a very, very valuable toilet …. If they had a refinery or gold smelting equipment ready, it could be melted into gold bars in days and there would be no way to trace them. They could really go into any place that would buy a bullion," Pienta added.
To this date, police remain on the hunt for the artwork, which has not been recovered.Artikel Asli