In November of last year, Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan accomplished a feat rarely achieved by any modern artist other than maybe Banksy – or Kanye off his meds – when at the prestigious #ArtBasel show in Miami Beach, he attached a banana to a wall with duct tape, submitting his first show-cased piece in almost 15 years.
Not since Marcel Duchamp’s iconic 1917 piece “The Fountain”, or Kendall Jenner’s unquestionably avant-garde 2017 “Live for Now” Pepsi commercial, has the public seen work of such disruptive, conceptual enormity or thought-provoking complexity than it did with this fucking banana on a wall. I’m just sayin’, Midas couldn’t make Instagram gold like this.
The piece, entitled “Comedian” – I mean I’m laughing, aren’t you – became an overnight viral sensation, with thousands of art aficionados, critics and presumably drug dealers, swarming into the Miami Beach venue for an opportunity to get their own prized, jealously-inducing selfie with said masterpiece.
The epic event culminated when the phallacious fruit sold for $150,000, before being pulled off the wall and eaten by local performance artist, and the event’s hot-yoga instructor, David Datuna.
The cherry atop this split is that the consumed banana does not actually reduce the artwork’s fucking price!! The work had a certificate of authenticity, considered valuable because the document certifies that the work was done by the noted artist. Holy shit right?
When I read the article about all this garbage, I thought up this design for GNT, but decided not to post it because it seemed, well, too stupid. But hindsight’s 2020 baby, and since we’re now in our newest – and most likely last – year on this beautiful round, YES ROUND, world of ours, I’ve decided I’m not going to let my famously conservative insecurities stand in the way of my “art” anymore.
Everything happens for a reason, it is what it is, life is a highway, keep calm and carry on, where’s the beef, free the nipple, can has cheeseburger, this shit is bananas! 2020 baby, let’s party.