Art news

What strange times we are living in – even in the art world.

I can buy bananas at 59 cents a pound, but if I tape it to a wall, it’s value goes up to $120,000 for a single banana. It’s buyers at Art Basel, Miami placed it in the category of Andy Warhol’s “Campbell‘s Soup Can”. Of course it needs to be changed every few days to preserve its freshness and color. I also wonder if the buyer actually ate that banana before replacing it.

However, for those who can’t make it to Miami’s annual festival, there is a DIY option. Try a banana which can be purchased for $3.19 at a craft store that guarantees non-perishability. Or expand your repertoire to include other fruits and vegetables. Duct tape now comes in terrific colors and designs.

But, if your taste in art leans to the more traditional, be assured that all of my works can be had for less than $120,000.

Back in Maine

We’re back in Damariscotta. The trip up form Massachusetts was a breeze with little traffic on the roads. Now we are under a 14-day quarantine. That’s OK, because the weather is gorgeous. There is lots to do around the house and grounds. The grass is growing like mad. There’s a garden to plant; we will need it this year. There is time to get organized like never before. And I thinking about what to do with wooden pieces I have brought up from Amherst. There will be plenty of time to work on it.