Guy Peels $120,000 Banana off Gallery Wall and Eats It

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Art. What is it? Who knows. I certainly don’t.

Andy Warhol was of the first to create ridiculously priced prints of inanimate objects. Campbell’s Soup, Coca Cola, an electric chair.

Warhol also created the iconic banana album cover for The Velvet Underground.

Talking of banana’s, recently there was a banana gaffer taped to a gallery wall in Miami. It was worth well over $100,000. That is, until, one man pulled it off the wall and ate the entire thing.

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Erm Lucien Freud? Francis Bacon? Sebastian Horsley? No, no, no. I’m gonna start by telling you about John Hamon. Some of you may know him, some of you won’t. But here goes.

Okay. So if we’re gonna talk about art then you’d probably expect things to start with Da Vinci or Michelangelo or Caravaggio. Or maybe Van Gogh, Picasso, Schiele, or Chaim Soutine. But no, we’re starting with Hamon because he, to me, epitomizes modern art. And I mean modern, modern art.

You see, John Hamon became one of the most talked about artists in the world by doing one incredibly simple thing. He posted a photo of his face across the entire city of Paris, accompanied by his name.

On almost every street and building in Paris there was a poster with his passport picture and his name. And that was it. Everyone was talking about him. Who is John Hamon? What does it mean? Should I know about this guy?

The poster worked. He became a massive hit. Just for that. Is it art? I don’t know. But it is undeniably incredible how such a basic stunt can make someone a superstar.

Love it or loathe it, this is where art is heading, and this is latest news story just sums it up entirely. Three words: A $120,000 Banana.

I should go without saying that art is expensive. I’ve recently moved into a new apartment and was looking for a print to stick on my wall. Even a cheap copy of a painting will set you back $30 plus. Never mind an original!

Original art: You’d be expecting upwards of a good few grand depending on the popularity and interest in a certain artist/work. Bananas: Less than a dollar. But what about when said banana becomes art. Oh boy. Strap yourself in we just entered the vortex.

This is a banana. Sorry for the belittling talk but bare with me.

Pretty similar huh? Well that’s art for you. I don’t know what the banana is supposed to symbolize, and to be honest with you, I really don’t care. But it doesn’t symbolize much anymore. Oh no. The banana was gaffer taped to a wall in the gallery. That is until it was eaten.

Well to spectators, a random man came into the gallery, and approached the banana which was being admired by many so called art-lovers. Our hero then grabbed the banana, pulled it from the wall, and ate it. Cya!

Videos show the moment the man was walked out of the gallery and forced to leave.

In actual fact, the man who ate the banana was an artist himself, more specifically a performance artist, and while he was driven out of the gallery, he was not arrested.

Apparently the artwork is still as valuable as ever, after they attached another banana to the wall. Director of of Museum Relations Lucien Terras explained:
He did not destroy the art work. The banana is the idea.

This has brought a lot of tension and attention to the booth and we’re not into spectacles, But the response has been great. It brings a smile to a lot of people’s faces.

According to the Miami Herald, gallery owner Emmanuel Perrotin had been preparing to head to the airport when he heard the art had been consumed. He was devastated apparently after returning to the space.

By giving him a banana. You literally cannot write this.

I think I’m going to open my own gallery. We’ll have all sorts of fruits. Maybe some burgers too. 100 grand a piece. I’m gonna be a millionaire.