In Defense of Maurizio Cattelan’s Banana

Spending $120,000 on a piece of fruit is absurd—but that’s exactly the point of Maurizio Cattelan’s controversial artwork.


By now, almost everyone has heard of The Banana, Maurizio Cattelan’s sculpture that has brought down the ire of so many—glitterati and non-art-world types alike.

A quick recap for the uninformed: Art Basel Miami Beach, one of the biggest (not to mention sceneiest) fairs in the world, anchors the spate of parties, happenings, openings,...