Local Gallery Owner Offers “Fall of Mankind” Artwork in Response to “Comedian” Art Sale at Art Basel

Liberty, Mo., artist Shawn Garland has responded to the recent $120,000 sale of a banana duct-taped to a wall by offering for sale on “The Fall of Mankind,” a framed artwork of a plastic apple taped to a matte board. Garland’s creation reflects her reaction to news accounts that “Comedian,” a banana taped to a wall, was sold for $120,000 at Art Basel Miami on Dec. 4, 2019.

“The Fall of Mankind” features a plastic apple attached to a matte board with duct tape. The work is framed and signed by the artist. Dimensions of the framed work are 24×36 “The Fall of Mankind” can be viewed at: www.libertyartisanmarket.com

News of this kind infuriates Garland, who has dedicated her life to supporting local artists and educating the public on the importance of art in their lives and communities. Garland created “The Fall of Mankind” as a direct commentary on modern culture and a direct response to “Comedian.” Garland says, “We struggle to create our best work, pour our heart and soul into bringing something meaningful into the world and then watch the ‘patrons’ make a mockery of it. ‘Comedian’ is laughing all the way to the bank.”

Offers for the work are being taken by email through January 1st, 2020. When asked what the piece should be valued at, Garland amusingly replied “At least $121,000, it is obviously more valuable because it is framed, and the fake apple will stand the test of time.”

Until it is sold, “The Fall of Mankind” may be viewed at The Artisan Market, 115 N. Main St., Liberty, MO. Hours are Saturdays 10am to 5pm or by appointment.

Background: On Dec. 4, 2019, major news outlets reported that Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan sold his work “Comedian” after it was featured at the Art Basel Miami show in the Galerie Perrotin. Perrotin’s Instagram account explained that the piece’s objective was to offer “insight into how we assign worth and what kind of objects we value.”