The Art Basel Banana

I remember that in class, one of the communication model reading questions that someone asked was related to how artists were able to predict how their audience received their work if every person’s individual experiences influence their interpretation of the work. This question made me think of Maurizio Cattelan’s work, Comedian, in which Cattelan duck-taped a banana to a wall. I was thinking about how part of what made Cattelan’s work so successful was how people received and interpreted his work. Something as simple as an ordinary banana duck-taped to a wall was able to create dialogue between the work, the cultural context in which it was presented, and the audience who received his work.

You can read more about the banana here.


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