ART has definitely changed over the decades and the definition of which has become quite broad, encompassing various methods, styles, and expressions. More so, the interpretation of art is left to the observer, which has definitely allowed some artists to be cheeky at times. Like the recent duct-taped banana stunt that was pulled off by an Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan at Art Basel Miami.
What’s interesting is that this piece of art named ‘The Comedian’ was sold for a whopping $120,000.
Many interpretations came forth; the popular one being the two contradictions in one – A banana that decays and a duct tape that doesn’t. However, for the artist, it was much simpler than this. Speaking on what this art meant for him, he said, “Wherever I was traveling I had this banana on the wall. I couldn’t figure out how to finish it. In the end, one day I woke up and I said ‘the banana is supposed to be a banana.”
What has become of art, today?
Has art become so versatile that anything and everything could be displayed with a certain meaning behind it? Or is it the modern-day dilemma, that involves Melinneals being easy to fool? Which one is it? Nonetheless, the idea of something as ridiculous as a piece of Banana duct-taped on a wall selling in six figures irked many. Now, how do you express such absurdity in the modern-day? Through memes.
Duct-tape memes were born mocking the art being sold for big bucks.
Hop on the easy-cash bandwagon!
How to sell your products through the ‘art of imitation’!
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Inspired by the viral duct tape banana. I bring you, “the art of imitation”. Duct tape #chanelbag hand embellished with genuine 100% authentic #Swarovski rhinestones on wood door. Only asking $99,999. Cash and Local pickup preferred… . . #art #ducttapebanana #viral #fashion #forsale #artist #chanel #newyork #meme #artbasel
Use this technique to sell your stuff. Two birds with one stone?
Opportunists making their own cash!
Art? Clearly, the wide majority of learned artists are unhappy about the lowered merits of art these days. These memes signify the very flaw within the art-world.
LOL! This person needs AirPods, so selling their old earphones through the duct-tape strategy might work for them. Get enough cash to buy two sets!
This would have sold for more if the targetted audience were Mellinieals.
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Lol 😂 🍕❤️👍 If you know you know. Lol : : : Awesome post by @laferrera – – – – – – $420,000. dm serious inquires only. : : : #pizzaart #pizzaisart #eatthepizza #bananaart #miamiart #ducttape #ducttapeart #pizzalovers #art #artists #miamiartist #pizzeria #yummyart #tastyart #pizzalover
It makes more sense!
The final verdict to this fiasco was that art was never this easy. It took time and a lot of effort to curate a single piece. Moreover, those pieces had a history or a story to be told. Modern-day art has reduced the essence and integrity of it all. However, this duct-tape-banana piece has three editions – kid you not. Sources say the third one is expected to sell for as much as $150,000.
In other news, all the way from Pakistan – the digital artist Assam Altaf left everyone in awe after he created a tourist attraction Pakistan map. The beautiful spin on the traditional map of Pakistan won the hearts of many locally and internationally. All in all, there is a big question mark on the merits of art. Let’s see how this all pans out.
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