Published: Wed, December 11, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Florida Police Department Asks $200K for Donut Taped to Wall

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When a banana that was duct taped to a wall sold for US$120,000, not everyone understood the artistic inspiration behind the piece.

Speaking in NY about the incident, Georgian-born Datuna said: "I decided in the morning".

"Art performance, hungry artist", he said, taking one bite, and then another. The art work, titled "Comedian", hit the headlines over the past few days when it was casually eaten by Georgian-born American performance artist David Datuna.

The piece consisted of a single banana duct-taped to a wall and two previous editions sold for $120,000 (£91,000) each. "I'm a performance artist, and this is my performance".

"I have a selfie with a famous banana", one attendee said.

Cattelan is a contemporary Italian conceptual artist, known best for the satirical nature and dark humour of his art and the realistic nature of his sculptures (which often depict celebrities and animals in surrealist setups).

"Everybody calls me "Banana Man" now".

The move was bananas. or maybe the work was just too appealing.

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"In this case, it's not like I ate art", Datuna said. "The banana tasted good".

"So it's not like, again, vandalism". "With respect, Mauricio, but it's art performance".

"I told him that he was insane, because you're not supposed to touch the artwork", Leboeuf said.

However, when hungry New York-based performance artist David Detuna viewed the piece Saturday, he chose to turn it into a mid-afternoon snack, according to Breitbart News. "Yeah, because I was hungry and I just eat it".

People pose in front of Maurizio Cattelan's "Comedian" presented by Perrotin Gallery and on view at Art Basel Miami 2019 at Miami Beach Convention Center on December 6, 2019 in Miami Beach, Florida.

The New York Post reported that the Perrotin art gallery insisted it was "absolutely not pursuing any legal action", and "never had any plans to from the very beginning".

Cattelan previously created an 18-carat gold toilet that New York's Guggenheim Museum offered to lend to US President Donald Trump in 2018.

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