Comedian, Maurizio Cattelan’s latest work

Comedian, Maurizio Cattelan’s latest work

Anna Cardaci · 8 months ago · Art

For those of you who still didn’t know, last week Art Basel, one of the most important contemporary art exhibitions in the world, was held in Miami. Every year thousands of established artists participate, offering works and installations of the highest level. Among these there is Maurizio Cattelan who proposed the irreverent sculpture “Comedian” which translated into Italian means “comic” because it refers to the joke of a character in the TV series Arrested Development: the idea comes from the phrase that the rich have no idea how much a banana costs.

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It is a work composed of a banana hanging on the wall with adhesive tape at the stand of Galerie Parrotin and immediately sold for 120 thousand euros. Yes, you read well, one hundred and twenty thousand euros. The artist from Veneto has always adored this fruit, which is a constant in his art and it is for this reason that he decided to propose it again.
The idea originates from a habit of Cattelan that consists of the fact that every time he is traveling he buys a banana and hangs it in his room to find inspiration.

The project was born a year ago and, after creating resin and bronze models, he decided to use a real banana bought by a Miami greengrocer for just over a quarter of a dollar. In the words of gallery founder Emmanuel Perrotin, Comedian is a symbol of global trade, as well as a classic device for humor, which reaffirms the artist’s ability to turn banal objects into vehicles of joy and criticism. Maurizio Cattelan’s aim is to point out how and to what types of objects we value, but also to make us reflect on the concept of value linked to artistic artifacts.

Although the banana is a true work of art, the New York artist David Datuna, on his own initiative, decided to take it and eat it under the eyes of all creating a common upheaval. Subsequently, Datuna posted the video of the “performance” on its Instagram page, calling the exhibition “Hungry Artist” and defining it as a next step of the work.

The New York artist was removed from the art fair after his performance and the fruit was replaced. To prevent anyone from imitating David Datuna, guards were deployed around the new banana to defend and control the replaced work. Subsequently, the work was definitively removed from the exhibition.

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With a heavy heart, I regret to inform you that ‘Comedian’ will be removed from our Art Basel Miami Beach booth for the last day of the fair, Sunday, December 8th. This morning at 9am, following recommendations, we removed the installation. We want to thank the organizers of the fair for their help and continued support. Art Basel collaboratively worked with us to station guards and create uniform lines. However, the installation caused several uncontrollable crowd movements and the placement of the work on our booth compromised the safety of the artwork around us, including that of our neighbors. In the end, I would like to warmly thank all those who participated in this memorable adventure. As well as our colleagues and neighbors, who helped support our endeavors, often graciously indicating the location of Comedian. When Maurizio first told me about his idea, I never once anticipated that it could become what it is today. ‘Comedian,’ with its simple composition, ultimately offered a complex reflection of ourselves. I am eternally grateful to Maurizio for entrusting me with the display of this watershed conceptual work. We sincerely apologize to all the visitors of the fair who today will not be able to participate in Comedian. _ @mauriziocattelan @artbasel @cattelanbanana @galerieperrotin #cattelanbanana @whitecube #artbaselmiamibeach #artbasel #mauriziocattelan #cattelan #perrotin

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Obviously all this has created a big media phenomenon, many newspapers have talked about it and above all have been created some tweets and very funny memes on the subject.

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Keith Haring: Street Art Boy, the new BBC film

Keith Haring: Street Art Boy, the new BBC film

Giulia Guido · 1 month ago · Art

It was February 16, 1990, when one of the most influential and emblematic contemporary artists died prematurely, ripped from life by AIDS. This year, on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of Keith Haring‘s death, the BBC has produced a film that retraces the artist’s story. 

Titled Keith Haring: Street Art Boy, the film recounts in just under an hour and a half some of the most emblematic episodes and encounters in Haring’s life. The works are interwoven with images, interviews with Keith himself and unpublished footage from the archives of the Haring Foundation and made available to the BBC. 

Through the artist’s life is also told the New York of the 80s and 90s, the art and creativity that exploded at every corner, but also AIDS and fear. 

Keith Haring: Street Art Boy is directed by Ben Anthony and was broadcast for the first time on the BBC Two channel on July 4th, but you can watch it again on the BBC streaming site, iPlayer

This fascinating and compelling film – told using previously unheard interviews with Haring, which form the narrative of the documentary – is the definitive story of the artist in his own words. 

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“Safe House”, Keer’s work inspired by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

“Safe House”, Keer’s work inspired by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Emanuele D'Angelo · 1 month ago · Art

Inspired by the great couple Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Leon Keer, one of the most important artists in the world of anamorphic street art, has recently created “Safe House”.

His latest work presents a gift box in trompe l’oeil on the tympanum of a building.
“It is not obvious for everyone to have a roof over their head, your home is precious and gives you comfort and protection, a gift for the necessary needs of life.”

“Safe House” is a packaged house, artfully crafted with a great optical illusion is a tribute to Christo and Jeanne-Claude, it was made for MX29 Graffiti Tour 2020 organized by Ateliers du Graff.
The Dutch artist wants us to reflect on the importance of having a roof over our heads, something that we very often take for granted, but which, as he says, is fundamental.

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Harry Greb’s mural dedicated to Ennio Morricone

Harry Greb’s mural dedicated to Ennio Morricone

Giulia Pacciardi · 4 weeks ago · Art

In the heart of Trastevere, more precisely in Via delle Fratte di Trastevere, on the corner of Via dei Fienaroli, the Roman neighborhood where Ennio Morricone was born and grew up, a new mural dedicated to him stands out since yesterday.
It is the work of the prolific street artist Harry Greb, who is no stranger to this type of tribute. Over the years, in fact, he has titled walls to leading Italian figures of our times such as Alberto Sordi, Anna Magnani and Rino Gaetano.

In Greb’s vision, Morricone looks fixedly at us through his glasses, with a luminous crown resting on his head, the Academy Honorary Award in his left hand and his right hand busy mimicking the gesture of silence.

The opera dedicated to the Roman composer appeared yesterday afternoon, just a few hours after his death which shook the hearts of most.

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Glen Martin Taylor and his reconstructed ceramics

Glen Martin Taylor and his reconstructed ceramics

Giulia Guido · 4 weeks ago · Art

Among the most famous and fascinating artistic techniques, the ancient Japanese art of Kintsugi undoubtedly stands out. It is a practice born from the idea of transforming an imperfection, a damage or a wound into something even more beautiful and perfect. Basically, this technique consists in repairing ceramic objects, even those of daily use such as cups and plates, using gold or cast silver to weld the shards. The final result gives the object a unique look and, what is no small thing, a much higher value than the original. It is precisely from the art of Kintsugi that the artist Glen Martin Taylor was inspired for his works. 

Like the Japanese, Glen Martin Taylor repairs ceramics of all kinds, some made by him and others bought but replacing precious metal with everyday objects, from twine threads to metal elements. 

If in Kintsugi’s art the only important part is that of repair, for the artist the act of reassembling objects is as important as that of destroying them. Through these two phases, the artist frees his emotions and confronts them by creating objects that will eventually have lost their primary purpose, but not their importance. 

Discover all the works by Glen Martin Taylor on his Instagram profile

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