Is 2021 the year of NFTs? A question in the…

Remember when Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan taped a banana to a wall with a piece of duct tape? Two editions of the piece were sold for $120,000 even though a performance artist actually ate the banana exhibited at Art Basel in Miami, calling it delicious. Obviously, that was not a problem for the owner. Cattelan bought the banana at a Miami grocery store for an estimated 30 cents. The work of art was not to be found in its material embodiment but somewhere else. Where exactly? That would be a long discussion taking me back to my years teaching philosophy of art in Berlin. One could say in the concept. Or the moment of creation, lost in time. Or the culture of a specific historical time and place. Whatever the answer, no one would think a banana is a work of art. Actually, no one would think a canvas hanging in the Louvre is the Mona Lisa.

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