Man eats $120,000 piece of art – a banana taped to a wall | AFP

A performance artist shakes up a crowd at the Art Basel fair in Miami Beach, when he grabbed a banana that had been duct-taped to a gallery wall, and ate it. The banana was, in fact, a work of art by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan titled “Comedian” and sold to a French collector for $120,000.

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Sand cars replace sand castles at Miami Art Basel | AFP

Three days before the official launch of the Art Basel week in Miami, internationally renowned Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich unveils his temporary installation: a sand car traffic jam aiming to raise awareness of climate change N°1MR2RKN°1MR4IU

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Hong Kong battles Beijing as dreams for culture soar

Better known for its high-end commercial galleries — and glamorous fairs like this month’s Art Basel — Hong Kong is striving to turn itself into a cultural heavyweight through a spate of new multi-million-dollar public art spaces. But local artists warn Beijing’s growing influence is creating a climate of fear that is stifling creativity and threatens the nascent grassroots art scene Hong Kong says it wants to enrich.