The Comedian ( duct tape banana): In December 2019, the Italian artist, Maurizio Cattelan’s artwork, a banana taped to the wall by duct tape, sold for around $120,000, and provoked various threads of discussion, thus placing him and his readymade in the category of Duchamp’s Fountain, Starck’s Juicy Salif and Banksy’s graffiti.
Again the artwork here is, what it is. It is a banana, and that is what it means. Globally the banana could be a double entendre, a symbol of humour, or just a fruit. In this case it obviously is humour, probably with a hint of satire.
The comedian David Datuna, when he went to see “The Comedian” at an art exhibition, had a very different take on it’s purpose. He ate it. He explained his actions on Instagram: “Art performance by me. I love Maurizio Cattelan artwork, and I really love this installation. It’s very delicious.”
When asked, by journalists, the reason for his obnoxious behaviour, he answered — “The same thing with Duchamp 100 years ago. With my performance, I put my question mark after his question mark. This is just a game between two artists.” [ He of course was referring to Marcel Duchamp’s “The Fountain” which I will cover in subsequent Episodes of the same series.]
Learn and Apply: Reading need not necessarily be a serious activity …
Back in my home, my 8 year old daughter and I found this Banana Artwork, extremely amusing and thought of doing our own version of it.
Reading is thought by many as a very serious activity. Some think of it as boring as well. So, we thought of sticking it on our bookshelf, thus using it as a meme and/or inspiration, to encourage ourselves and others to read more and more ….
A lot of the problems of the world can be solved if people read more… ( don’t miss the little reader in the reflection)