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NEW YORK, UNITED STATES —
Performance artist David Datuna waited two hours till “I was hungry” earlier than consuming a dear banana paintings in Miami, he defined with laughter on Monday after returning to New York.

“It’s the first time one artist eats art of another artist,” he stated in a mirth-filled press convention.

The Tbilisi-born Datuna, who has lived in New York for 22 years, shook up the Art Basel Florida trendy artwork present Saturday when he ate the true banana that had been plastered to the wall as a part of a piece by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan.

The work had been bought for $120,000.

In spite of the worth, “it tasted like a regular banana,” Datuna stated.

Datuna added that he did not want the publicity. But he basked in his newest exploit, boasting {that a} video of his “performance” had generated 40,000 to 50,000 messages on Instagram, a lot of them congratulatory.

Georgian-born artist Datuna praised Cattelan, who is maybe greatest recognized for his work “America,” a rest room made from 18-carat gold.

Cattelan’s concepts are “genius,” stated Datuna, who has by no means met the Italian.

“But I like also what I did.”

Datuna has beforehand proven works on the Smithsonian Institute’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington and not too long ago opened a gallery in Long Island City, New York.

In June 2017, shortly after President Donald Trump introduced he would withdraw the US from the Paris local weather settlement, Datuna created a piece with Trump’s identify in dry ice on a Manhattan sidewalk.

The set up, titled “this too shall pass,” steadily melted as New Yorkers gawked on the work.

Datuna stated he has deliberate his subsequent shock for the Super Bowl, the National Football League championship on February 2, additionally in Miami.

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