Latest Twist In Banana Art Saga

The Art Basel banana first made headlines because someone was willing to pay $120,000 for a banana duct taped to a wall.

Many argued it wasn't art.

Then, a performance artist went to the display, peeled the banana off the wall, and ate it in front of the crowd. That got him kicked out of the Miami Beach art show, but he wasn't criminally charged.

The latest twist in the saga came late Sunday afternoon when somebody used the blank wall space to write in red "Epstien (sic) didn't kill himself," a reference to the late financier Jeffrey Epstein who died in jail while awaiting trial on charges that he sexually abused underage girls.

According to the Miami Herald: "Miami Beach Police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez said the incident was reported at 4:50 p.m. and a man they identified as 46-year-old Roderick Webber of Massachusetts was arrested on charges of criminal mischief."

The report continued: "A spokesperson for Art Basel directed any questions to authorities. Katherine Wisniewski, spokesperson for the Emmanuel Perrotin art gallery, where the vandalized wall is located, said their gallery is not affiliated with Webber.

“If someone can eat the $120,000 banana and not get arrested, why can’t I write on the wall?” Webber shouted as he was escorted out of the convention center, according to a police report."


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