By now the news splash of the $120,000 Banana art has been replaced by the next “gotcha story”. As with so much of these quick headlines to grab attention they do just that, grab attention, but has the recipient of the news gained proper perspective of any level of depth into the story?
I am surmising that many people who learned of the story as I did thought it quite sensational that some one would pay 120,000 dollars for a banana and duct tape. Period. The NBC evening news is where I first found out about the story. The story was completely filtered into just the fact that the sale was made. There was no underlying information about the artist and his work.
I went ahead and did some research and found out that the Artist Maurizio Cattelan is well known for his satirical sculptures, particularly La Nona Ora (1999) (The Ninth Hour, depicting Pope John Paul II struck down by a meteorite), Him (2001), America (2016), and Love Lasts Forever (1997). Without this information how is the recipient of the news going to process the payment he received for the banana duct-taped to a wall piece?
The satirical work of Maurizio Cattelan is interesting to me as it speaks to the viewer. This type of Art appeals to me as it defines values of those who own it. I was originally drawn to this type of Art through the work of Bradley Arthur which I have dedicated this site of Seekunity.com to.