Art Basel Banana Surfaces on Essex Street
Not since Velvet Underground has a banana polarized so.
You may have seen the viral story about the banana fastened to a wall at Art Basel fetching $120,000 in the name of “art.” Back home on the Lower East Side, the locals have added their two cents about Maurizio Cattelan’s work (known for the golden toilet).
Street artist Joseph Grazi duct-taped several bananas to various surfaces in the city over the weekend. Including this one at the vacated Essex Street Market building north of Delancey.
Dubbed “The price of everything,” Grazi mimicked Cattelan with eight specific spots using bananas from Trader Joe’s. His commentary supports the conversation around the artwork, as for the “first time in a long while that the talk of Basel is actually about art, not celebrities, parties and Instagram.”
Choice location for the copycat is appropriate, as Galerie Perrotin – the gallery that represents Cattelan – is just around the corner on Orchard Street.
Best part about the whole story, though, is that performance artist David Datuna stripped the $120,000 fruit from the wall on Saturday and ate it in front of the camera.