3D-printed cocktails, a traffic jam sculpture made of hundreds of tons of sand and more celebrity sightings than a Kardashian Christmas party were all part of over-the-top festivities during the week of Art Basel Miami, but it was a banana that stole the show.
The most talked-about artwork of the week was titled "Comedian" — a spotty banana duct-taped to a wall by artist Maurizio Cattelan.
According to artnet News, two pieces quickly sold for $120,000. The Paris-based Perrotin gallery raised the price to $150,000 for the third piece, which will be sold to a museum. The bananas were bought at a local grocery store. No instructions were given on what to do as the banana ages.
The gallery did not respond to several emails from The Associated Press seeking comment.
On Saturday, David Datuna removed the banana from the wall, unpeeled it and took a bite as a large crowd documented it with their phones.
"I respect Maurizio but it's art performance. Hungry artist," he said.
"You have more? $150,000," he joked.
On Friday night, art collector Wayne Boich hosted a lavish dinner at his home that included Dan Marino, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The after-party crowd, including Floyd Mayweather, Hannah Bronfman, and Alesso, watched a performance by Wyclef Jean, who did a throwback to the Fugees with "Ready or Not," and later brought dozens of girls onstage to dance with him before passing the mic to "Country Grammar" singer Nelly. Rapper 2 Chainz closed out the night.
Across town, rapper Travis Scott didn't take the stage until 3:30 a.m. at a sold-out performance at 24-hour nightclub E11even. Scott stood on top of the DJ booth tossing dollar bills into the crowd and yelling at partygoers to put away their phones and enjoy the moment.
The city of Miami Beach commissioned a million-dollar traffic jam by artist Leandro Erlich. It took 330 tons (300 metric tons) of sand to construct 66 life-sized sculptures of cars and trucks stuck in an imaginary traffic jam on the oceanfront of popular Lincoln Road. The installation alludes to Florida's fragile position in the large universal canvas, touching on climate crisis and rising sea levels.
The Shore Club South Beach also focused on global warming where a 36-foot-long (11-meter-long) floating ice sculpture inside the pool spelled out the words "HOW DARE YOU." The piece, titled "Climate Meltdown" by artist Rubem Robierb, lasted approximately eight hours.
Photographer David Yarrow's picture of real-life "Wolf of Wall Street" Jordan Belfort sold for $200,000. The piece was signed by director Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Bulleit's novel 3D-printed bar also drew a curious crowd, where guests watched a robotic arm disperse microscopic drops of liquid into drinks in a pre-set pattern. The whiskey maker has printed more than 7,800 cocktails since partnering with a robotics engineer.
On Saturday, G-Eazy performed poolside at the Maxim magazine party, surprising guests when he brought rapper Wale onstage to perform their song, "Fashion Week," together.
Haute Living hosted a party for Fat Joe's new album "Family Ties." Wearing a baby blue track suit, the rapper entertained guests including DJ Khaled, Fabolous, Jeezy and Too Short.
"We grew up in the projects and now we in a 100 million dollar house rapping about our history," he told the crowd before pulling Swizz Beatz onstage to perform.
At various clubs over the weekend, Lil Wayne, A$AP Rocky, Rick Ross and 2 Chainz performed. Sean Penn and DiCaprio partied late night at Rockwell x 1 Oak, where Gucci Mane took the stage. Brody Jenner, Meek Mill and Too Short hung out at LIV to hear Alesso play.
And "Cats" actor Idris Elba, who performs under the name DJ Big Driis, spun tracks along with Diplo at an extremely packed club Basement on Saturday night.
Edward M Kennedy (EMK) Center arranged the inaugural session of their new venture The Cinemates on Saturday, as a brand new platform for the movie lovers in the capital.
The inaugural session of this venture saw the screening of The Shawshank Redemption, which is widely considered as one of the best movies ever made and the number-one film on IMDb's user-generated Top 250 list since 2008.
After the screening of the film based directed by Frank Darabont based on a novella by Stephen King, film reviewer, writer, and actor Syed Nazmus Sakib, the session’s guest speaker, explained some interesting viewpoints from the analysis of the movie to the audiences. The engaged audiences also shared their individual stories of struggle, inspired from the film.
Convenor of the event and EMK’s Education USA Advisor Md Razoun Siddiky Tohin exclusively talked to UNB explaining the initiative, and informed that the upcoming editions of The Cinemates will screen more films and offer discussion platform for the audiences.
“A lot of cinema enthusiasts in our Dhaka city are engaged in film discussions on social media platforms or in personal gatherings, but we do not have sufficient number of needed platforms for common people to talk about films, books and music in public. That lacking eventually inspired us, the EMK Center- and we are happy to start this platform with this wonderful movie for the enthusiasts.”
The monthly event will also arrange similar discussions on books and music in its following sessions, he further informed UNB.
Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities announced on Friday that it has discovered a number of huge archaeological stone blocks near Giza pyramids west of the capital Cairo.
The ministry said in a statement that the archaeological excavators at Mit Rahina area of Giza unearthed 19 ancient blocks of pink granite and limestone that used to be parts of the great temple of Ptah.
The ministry added that the blocks have inscriptions depicting the god Ptah, the god of the ancient city of Memphis, in addition to cartouches of King Ramses II and other inscriptions depicting him.
The ministry revealed that its teams will continue the excavation works in the area in an attempt to uncover the rest of the blocks that make up parts of the temple, noting that the discovered blocks were transferred to the open museum in Mit Rahina for cleaning and restoration works.
"It is an important discovery, not only for its value, but also for scientific research," Maha Salah, a Cairo-based journalist focusing on Egyptology, told Xinhua.
Salah said that the Temple of Ptah in Giza was one of the largest and most important temple in ancient Memphis, noting that much of what is known about the temple comes from ancient writings.
"Archaeologists started to excavate the site of the temple since last century. Their works have revealed ruins of temple, which took the form of a walled compound accessible by several gates," Salah added.
She stressed that the new discovery will help Egyptologists know more about the temple and open the door for more excavations in the area.
As one of the most ancient civilizations, Egypt has been working hard to preserve its rich archaeological heritages.
The North African country has witnessed several large-scale archeological discoveries this year in different parts of the country, including Pharaonic tombs, statues, coffins and mummies.
The 63rd birth anniversary of late eminent filmmaker Tareque Masud, one of the country's film maestros who made immense contributions to the film industry of Bangladesh, was observed on Friday.
Marking the birth anniversary, Tareque Masud Memorial Trust and Moviyana Film Society jointly organised a programme at the National Art Gallery auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
His directed documentary titled ‘Adam Surat’ was screened for the viewers.
A book titled ‘Chalachitra Katha’ was unveiled at the event. Tareque’s widow and associate, American-born producer-director Catherine Masud, along with Proshun Rahman and Belayet Hossain Mamun authored and edited the book.
Noted writer Anupam Hayat and humanitarian activist Khushi Kabir attended the programme as special guests.
Rajshahi University mass communication and journalism department associate professor Abdullah Al Mamun delivered the memorial speech at the event.
Born on December 6, 1956 in Faridpur, Tareque was involved with the film society movement in the late 70s. He produced his maiden film ‘Adam Surat’, a documentary on the legendary artist SM Sultan in 1989.
His much acclaimed film 'Matir Moyna' earned the FIPRESCI Prize in 2002 Cannes Film Festival and became Bangladesh's first film to compete for the Academy Award for best foreign language film in the same year.
In addition to filmmaking, Tareque was also a pioneer of the independent film movement in Bangladesh. He was a founding member of the Short Film Forum, the leading platform for independent filmmakers. He organised the country’s first International Short and Documentary Film Festival In 1988.
His other major films are ‘Runway’, ‘Ontorjatra’ ‘Muktir Gaan’ and the unfinished 'Kagojer Phul'.
On August 13, 2011,Tareque Masud died in a fatal road crash on Dhaka-Aricha highway while returning from the shooting of his unfinished film 'Kagojer Phul'.
The tragic accident also claimed the lives of media personality Mishuk Munier, two film production crews Wasim and Jamal, and microbus driver Mostafizur Rahman.
A-nine day theatre festival 'Prangone Mor Dui Banglar Natyamela 2019' began at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilapakala Academy (BSA) on Friday.
Prangone Mor, a renowned theatre troupe of Bangladesh, organised the 11th edition of the theatre festival with the slogan 'Ami Banglay Bhalobashi, Ami Banglake Bhalobashi'.
Former State Minister for Cultural Affairs and renowned theatre activist Asaduzzaman Noor inaugurated the festival while State Minister of Cultural Affairs KM Khalid attended the inaugural ceremony as the chief guest.
Indian High Commissioner to Dhaka Riva Ganguly Das and BSA Director General and Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation Chairman Liaquat Ali Lucky joined the inauguration ceremony as special guests with Founder and Director of Prangone Mor Ananta Hira in the chair.
In his speech, State Minister Khalid said theatre troupes like Prangone Mor are constantly upholding the pride of Bangladesh through these types of theatre festivals.
A total of nine plays -- three from India’s Kolkata, one from Delhi and five from Bangladesh -- are scheduled to be staged in this year’s festival.
The opening day was celebrated with Kolkata Praxis Theatre Group’s play ‘Art’, directed by actor-director Gautam Sarkar.
Apart from ‘Art’, the two other plays from Kolkata are- ‘Abritto’ by Nandipat Theatre Group which will be staged on December 7 and Rashikata Theater troupe’s ‘Jyanto Hamlet’ on December 10.
The festival will end with the staging of ‘Bismilla’ by Green Room Theatre, Delhi.
The performances of Bangladeshi troupes will start with host troupe Prangone Mor's 'Hassanjaner Raja' on December 8. Prachyanat will stage 'Pulsirat' on December 9 while Biborton Jashore ‘Koibarta-gatha’ on December 11, Arnyak ‘Moyur Shinghashon’ on December 12 and Loko Natyadal (Shiddheshwari)'s 'Amra Tinjon' is scheduled to be staged on December 13.
The festival also features a discussion event on December 13.
Besides, Mamunur Rashid’s wife Gauhar Ara Choudhury, Ataur Rahman’s wife Shahida Rahman and Liaquat Ali Lucky’s wife Kristy Hafez will be honoured on the same day at 6pm.