Comedian, Maurizio Cattelan’s latest work

Comedian, Maurizio Cattelan’s latest work

Anna Cardaci · 1 month 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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A new Banksy mural has appeared in Birmingham

A new Banksy mural has appeared in Birmingham

Giulia Pacciardi · 1 month ago · Art

A few minutes ago on Banksy‘s Instagram channel, a new post appeared claiming the Birmingham mural.
Everything made us think of a new work by the anonymous artist from Bristol who, as usual, waited for the rumors to do their job before intervening.

The wall represents the sleigh of Santa Claus who, in this case, is interpreted by a homeless man who is about to spend the night on a bench, the body of the sleigh.

God bless Birmingham.
In the 20 minutes, we filmed Ryan on this bench passers-by gave him a hot drink, two chocolate bars and a lighter – without him ever asking for anything.

Commented the artist on the moving video that, as a soundtrack, has the Christmas song by Joy Williams “I’ll be home for Christmas”.

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Liliana Segre and Salvini in TVBOY’s mural

Liliana Segre and Salvini in TVBOY’s mural

Giulia Guido · 1 month ago · Art

Our former Minister of the Interior is still at the center of the murals by street artist TVBOY. His last work appeared in Milan on one of the bridges of the Navigli and is, in addition to a clear stance against Salvini, a clear line-up by all the “sardine” of Italy and especially by Liliana Segre.

Yes, in just one small work TVBOY managed to condense all this, immediately becoming viral.

The mural, always made with a technique that involves the use of spray and acrylic on the wall, shows Liliana Segre holding a sign with the words “Stop Hate” and, next to her, Matteo Salvini, or rather Matteo Sardina showing another sign depicting a real sardine and the logo of Esselunga crippled in “Lasa lunga“.

This artwork is accompanied by another mural, on the other side of the bridge, with the same sign with the sardine, but this time the fish sold in all supermarkets has the face of Salvini.

Like all TVBOY’s works, probably also “Matteo e Liliana Manifestanti” doesn’t have a long life, but even if it won’t last forever, it certainly got the expected results.

We just have to say one thing, TVBOY continues like this!

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Prado Museum: paintings affected by climate change

Prado Museum: paintings affected by climate change

Claudia Fuggetti · 1 month ago · Art

The Prado Museum recently collaborated on a project with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in conjunction with the 2019 UN Climate Change Conference in Madrid. Awareness of this issue is also growing within the museum context, where the paintings in the institution’s collection have been digitally modified to reflect a world destroyed by inaction.

The project has been christened “+ 1.5ºC Lo Cambia Todo”, which in Spanish means “+ 1.5ºC changes everything”. The paintings of three Spanish artists (Francisco de Goya, Diego Velázquez and Joaquín Sorolla) and a Flemish Renaissance painter (Joachim Patinir) were considered the most relevant to the project by art experts. To effectively spread the message, the modified works were placed on billboards in Madrid and found shared online under the hashtag #LoCambiaTodo.

For the Museum, this project represents an opportunity to continue placing art and its values at the service of society. The symbolic value of the masterpieces and the impressive artistic recreation that we present with WWF is an excellent way to transmit to everyone and especially to the young generations what is really at stake in this fight against climate change.

Urgent problems such as rising sea levels, desertification and the issue of refugees turn the works of great European painters into an advertising campaign to save the environment.

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Light Architecture, the light installation in Budapest

Light Architecture, the light installation in Budapest

Anna Cardaci · 1 month ago · 4631, Art

In Budapest, at the l’Institution of the Hungarian Academy of Arts, it is possible to visit Light Architecture, an installation conceived and created by the Hungarian architects Bálint Botzheim and Sándor Böröcz, which is composed of a large number of abstract lights. The latter are placed inside a large black space that imitates the universe and illuminates it in a certain sequence. The work Light Architecture sets all the lights in motion and outlines abstract spaces. The spectators who visit the installation not only follow the beams but can also walk inside them, becoming themselves an integral and active part of the work. The artists have animated the light effect with the aim of creating architectural geometries that define the physical space in a realistic way.

To make the work even more complete, Péter Mátrai, who contributed to the realization of the sound part of the work, composed a piece of music for the installation that goes to the rhythm of the flashes. The flashes spread outwards, while a dark space is created in the center. Subsequently, the shape narrows, becoming a thin black line that then disappears.

The light installation consists of a 16x16x10 pixel RGB matrix, in the middle of which there is a five-high corridor of irregular shape and includes about 2,500 pixels divided over 16 artnet universes. 

With this exhibition, the architecture exhibition commemorates artists born in Hungary, in particular, László Moholy-Nagy, István Sebők and Andor Weininger on the centenary of the founding of Bauhaus, a school of architecture, art and design that worked in Germany from 1919 to 1933.

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