Maurizio Cattelan’s ‘Comedian,’ Explained: Here’s Everything We Published on the Viral Banana Art, All in One Place
The banana phenomenon is a study in how stories go viral in our hyperconnected world—and how much some love to hate on contemporary art.
Like it or not, the most talked-about artwork of 2019 is a banana. Or, more accurately, a conceptual work of art that involves a banana duct-taped to a wall.
In the final month of the year, Maurizio Cattelan accomplished a feat rarely achieved by any artist other than Banksy: he created a work of art that provoked debate and discussion among audiences of all types, around the world. Comedian, the first work the Italian artist created for an art fair in 15 years, debuted at Art Basel Miami Beach in the first week of December—and promptly captivated everyone.
To document for posterity how this humble piece of produce became a global phenomenon, we have pulled together all of our coverage in one place. Below, check out the evolution of this work from a witty stunt to an unlikely symbol of a labor movement, a pawn in a discussion about financial securities, and much, much more.
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