It seems a banana duct-taped to a wall has been sold for 120000 dollars. Meaning they want us to consider it a work of art. Hello. I’m Antonio García Villarán and today I bring you a “tapa” (short video), although this time is more like a dessert made of one banana. A simple banana It has just been sold in the famous global fair called Art Basel Miami. Miami. Miami Beach. Me like. And, who has been the genius behind this wonderful piece? I mean, this is pure “hamparte”. I’m telling you in advance already. It has been made by Mauricio Cattelan You may remember him because not a long time ago I made a video on this channel about his stolen golden urinal. If you didn’t see it, I’m going to leave you the link down below and over here as well. Also, I believe that nowadays, he is next to Damien Hirst one of the most bare faced artist from the artistic global outlook. It seems everything has turned out good for him. Although I don’t believe those things that much because… Who is going to pay 120000 dollars for a banana duct-taped to a wall? I mean… According to the news, this piece of work it is exhibited on the Perrotin Gallery Perrotin…Perro…well, how is it pronounced? That’s it. Perrotin. That’s how you say it on France. Perrotin. It seems it has been bought by a woman in Art Basel Miami. As you know, Art Basel must be a great business deal because there are three branch offices. One is in Miami which is being hold right now. The other one is in Hong-Kong and the first one, the original was hold in Sweden. Art Market. This art piece whose author has titled “Comedian” it seems to be a sort of criticism According to the author, it is to make us think about the value of things and what kind of objects we value. This is bothering, really. Well, the idea is quite poor and overused. It has been done plenty of times. Even Cattelan himself does always the same thing. I believe I remember he said the exact same thing when he did some statements for his golden urinal He talked about what things we value in this society and what things we do not. He is so bare faced… However, the story doesn’t end here. There are three versions of this duct-taped banana on a wall. According to the news, Cattelan was going to make at the beginning this banana made of polyester resin or bronze. But then he said…what for? Why am I to do that banana? So, he went to a shop in Miami and bought a banana and some tape or maybe he borrowed from someone there. He placed the banana and he said: “this is going to be the first piece of the three which make up…my piece” I guess he said that, I don’t know how he said it. Me like too However, I have a theory about this. We all know that Art galleries keep the 50% or 60% of the piece. I guess Cattelan told Perrotin, the gallery owner Perrotin. I guess he told him: “Perrotin, if you keep the 50% of this 120000 of dollars,then, I just keep 60000 dollars, right? So, he said “I am going to do two pieces then” And I guess Perrotin told him: “Why don’t you do three instead of two?” “That way we earn a bit more” So they said: “let’s do it, come on” “let’s see if they fall for it and of course it has! It seems two of them have been sold and they have raised the price of the third one. It costs 150000 dollars already. And I wonder: Cattelan, why don’t you do it made of gold like the urinal which was supposedly stolen? Supposedly Let’s play a game: tell me an object. The first one it comes to your mind. Good. Now imagine it made of gold. That’s it. You have now a Hamparte piece of work. I believe he has taken advantage of the media sensation. Anybody went to that exhibition so they needed the audience to pay attention to it For that reason, they said the urinal was stolen and everybody attended because curiosity is a something people like a lot. Cattelan then came back to the art arena again. It seems this artist didn’t attend this fair since 15 years ago. He didn’t exhibit anything in there. So I believe Perrotin has told him: “now that you’re in the spotlight…why don’t you come up with any idea?” I tell you that it is going to be sold. It is going to be sold. And it has been sold by far. This banana idea is so simple that is has already been made by another “Hampartista” who is very well known by everybody and this person is: Andy Warhol. Don’t you remember the famous record cover? Not only that, all these actions are very Manzoni-like. However, I believe Manzoni did real “Hamparte”. This means he was an art troll, at least according to my own opinion. And, Cattelan wants us to think he is an art troll but not at all. He ends up earning that quantity of money and also, there is another important thing I am going to tell you: The fact of making such as simple piece of work and selling it for this price means that in the future if this piece becomes famous it will increase its value. I am going to tell you a story about another “Hampartista” who has passed away. I am talking about the Cuban named Félix González Torres He invented as an art piece a mountain of candy placed on any corner of a gallery, house or wherever. By the way, these sweets where random ones. He bought them in the places he was in. The story he told to explain this mountain of candy was as follows: YESTERDAY AND FOREVER STORIES It seems that the mountain had to weigh the same as his partner who died of AIDS. He said many times he didn’t do gay art but I don’t know why he said that because this is not gay art, this is pure “hamparte” Well, that was the speech. He was eight years with this partner. And, when his partner passed away he did a lot of art pieces to honor him and one of these is this candy pile. This pile of candy reach the price of in 2015 7 million of euros! Seven million of euros! And you may ask: Is it the original pile of candy he made? It is not. They sell you a certificate. A piece of paper made by the gallery owner saying: “You can place anywhere a mountain of candy as long as it weighs the same as his partner and you should know it is to honor him as he passed away from AIDS and you have the rights of this pile of candy” By the way, the idea is for people to eat the candy and this way he said that…I don’t know very well what he said. I think that way people could feel…I don’t know because it is so ridiculous that…it is just ridiculous. I think Mauricio Cattelan goes precisely after this idea I guess you understand they are not going to sell you a banana with a piece of tape. The lady who has bought one of these pieces who I guess she is a very rich, intelligent and intellectual lady She will receive a piece of paper saying: “You have the right of creating this art piece wherever you want to”. I guess so. After that, he goes to the cash register, she pays 120000 dollars and she keeps the certificate with her and brings it to her mansion or to her castle. I am sure she lives in a castle in France. Then, I guess she will tell her butler named perhaps Perrotin as well The butler can be from Perrotin’s family The thing is she will tell him: bring me a nice banana and a piece of tape well, i guess she will tell her butler to place the banana as well because she is not going to do it. She is the rich lady. After that, she will invite all her friends for a cocktail and she will tell them: “look at this art piece I’ve bought in Art Basel Miami” because this weekend I’ve been in Miami. And all her friends will tell her: what an intelligent piece of work, what a conceptual art piece! What a good taste you have…Florinda! Well, I don’t know the name of this lady. Florinda is good. And if someone says something like: “but…what have you bought? This is a banana duct-tape to a wall! That person will get banned for cocktails forever, she will never be invited agian. I mean, this is a bit of the show within art.
Didn’t you know about it? This banana was sold before the fair opened. Now, Perrotin is trying to fit in the last piece, as you know there are three of them, into a museum. A random one. He wants a museum to buy it. If a museum buys it then the art piece gets legitimized and I am sure there is a museum out there which says “I want the banana made by Cattelan” Besides the urinal by Duchamp, we will probably see Cattelan’s banana in worldwide museums really soon. I mean, it is already… And you may tell me: well, you are contributing this piece to be even more known and you are making Cattelan more famous It is not like that. I am telling you this piece is HAMPARTE. Contrary to what news are saying. I haven’t read any newspaper or any digital magazine saying “these people are teasing us” “This is an insult to human intelligence” I haven’t seen it. However, I say it. Why do I say is Hamparte? Well, because Hamparte, although it is a way of art, as I have mentioned plenty of times It lacks of economic value. This banana duct-tape on a wall should cost 0. Why? Because eveybody can make it at home, everybody can imagine it and it doesn’t have any type of value: intellectual, manual or any kind. I mean, you, Mauricio Cattelan can make it and calling yourself an artist, although I believe you are an “Hampartist” But it shouldn’t cost any money. As if Cattelan had the divine power of changing any object into art… If this happened, imagine this rich lady comes to the fair and sees the banana and she says she wants to buy it And when she asks for the price they say it costs nothing, zero or two euros Do you think she would take it? When you remove the ecomic value from an object then people… The world of art (the market) is very big and it works with a lot of money If you go to Perrotin’s website you can see there are plenty of artists If you see the different authors, you can see a lot of Hamparte pieces. I mean there is plenty of “Hamparte” However, all this doesn’t end here. Art Basel Miami which is a fair made of fairs has more than 200 galleries And I imagine 200 galleries and each gallery with 20 or 30 artists who I am not saying all of them do “Hamparte” but many of them do. The market supporting this is so big, there is so many people tricked with it that they are not going to tell you: that’s right, this banana is Hamparte. They don’t want to say it.. So, we are the ones who have to tell them. I am telling you already: everytime I see from now own a banana with a piece of tape I will write down #hamparte. I have already here my banana Cattelan-style However, it looks a bit ugly, it has these dark spots. It looks a bit boring so I am going to suggest you something. And I am such a good person, Cattelan, that I am going to give you the idea. Instead of placing a banana duct-taped to a wall you should duct-tape a good pumpkin taped to a wall. As it is bigger, you can give it a bigger price and you and Perrotin can make a little bit more of money and you can take a few drinks to my health. Look at this pumpkin And if I place it on my head I make a performance right away. Right, Kubin? What are you doing here? Look at this.
Performance with a cat. Do you want to say goodbye with me, Kubin? Kubin is here to end the video with me Kubin, what should we tell to Cattelan? What are you going to tell him? That’s right. Absolutely nothing. You are so warm. Kubin behaves so well, right? I hope you liked this dessert. It is not cheap. It is 120000 dollars. However, it leaves you at the end like a sour aftertaste. Subscribe if you haven’t done it already. Share this video so everyone knows about this. And also that way we put Hamparte in the place it belongs. And, we will see each other very soon! Look at this Kubin. Do you like it? What are you doing there, Kubin? Are you taking a bath here in front of people? Look at this. He is shameless. Kubin…you don’t care, do you?