The Artist Who Ate Maurizio Cattelan's $120k Banana at Art Basel Has A New Fundraising Exhibit in NYC

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  • February 22, 2020

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David Datuna
Credit: David Datuna

After its New York debut, David Datuna's "Hungry Artist" exhibit will travel to Moscow in May.

Performance artist David Datuna, opened his Hungry Artist exhibit in New York’s Galleria Ca' d'Oro (179 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011). On view through Wednesday, February 26, the exhibit allows visitors to create their own art through interaction with basic bodega items including bananas, avocados, M&M’s and diet coke cans.

For Datuna, the show is a continuation of a movement he started at Art Basel Miami when he ate Maurizio Cattelan’s 120K banana installation dubbed “The Comedian.” Datuna said: “Art is nothing more than premeditated action. It’s about putting your consciousness to work when interacting with the world around you. If you are hungry enough to make a difference, you will.” 

“I never realized how much meaning could be in a mundane act of opening a pack of Pringles,” said one collector on the opening night.

Proceeds from the exhibit will go to support cancer research at Mt. Sinai Hospital, where David has been fighting cancer for the last seven years. According to the gallery over fifty of the available pieces were sold, including bananas, M&M’s, tomatoes, peppers, carrots and bottles of water. The art certificates that authenticate the work were priced at $150, $300 and $450.

David Datuna's Hungry Artist exhibit is on view through Feb. 26 at Galleria Ca' d'Oro in New York.
Credit: David Datuna

The exhibit will be up through Wednesday, February 26. Gallery Hours are provided below:

Friday (2/21) – Sunday (2/23): 11 AM – 6 PM, Monday  (2/24) – Closed, Tuesday (2/25) – Wednesday (2/26): 11 AM – 6 PM.

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